Trump impeachment trial: Senators begin questioning period

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WASHINGTON (WFLA) – All 100 U.S. senators will get a chance over the next two days to ask questions in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial after hearing opening arguments from both the prosecution and the defense teams.

The Senate has set aside 8 hours on Wednesday and 8 hours on Thursday for the questioning period. All questions that will be asked on the Senate floor will be written and submitted to Chief Justice John Roberts.

Here are some of the questions asked in the trial:

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Question: On what specific date did Pres. Trump first order the hold on aid to Ukraine?

Answer from Patrick Philbin:


Question: Should Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner also be under investigation?

Answer from Rep. Val Demings:


Question: Do the impeachment articles charge the president with bribery, extortion or something similar?

Answer from Patrick Philbin:

Question for defense team: What did Hunter Biden do for the money Burisma paid him?

Answer from Pam Bondi:


Question for both teams: Former Chief of Staff General John Kelly recently said he believes John Bolton and that Bolton should be heard. Do you agree?

Answer from Jay Sekulow:

Answer from Rep. Adam Schiff:


Question for House managers: Can you address the argument that the House is trying to overturn the results of the 2016 election?

Answer from Rep. Adam Schiff:


Question for House managers: Can you respond to the answer Alan Dershowitz gave on quid pro quo?

Answer from Rep. Adam Schiff:


Question for defense team: Does it matter if there was quid pro quo and is it true quid pro quo is often used in foreign policy?

Answer from Alan Dershowitz:


Question for House managers: Can the president be impeached if a criminal statute isn’t violated?

Answer from Rep. Sylvia Garcia:


Question for defense team: Isn’t it the president’s place to conduct foreign policy?

Answer from President Trump’s legal team:


Question for House managers: Did the House ask John Bolton to testify?

Answer from Rep. Adam Schiff:


The questioning period comes after six days of opening arguments. Democratic House impeachment managers, the prosecutors, used almost all of the 24 hours they were allotted over the course of three days. President Trump’s defense team used less than half of the 24 hours they were given.

Democrats urged the Senate to allow a fair trial by voting to hear from witnesses like John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney. The defense team argued the impeachment trial should end quickly without additional witnesses. President Trump’s team was up against a new twist that surfaced over the weekend: An unpublished draft of Bolton’s book containing new allegations about the military aid that was withheld from Ukraine. In the draft, Bolton says President Trump tied wanted to withhold the aid until Ukraine helped with investigations into Joe Biden.

Since those allegations came out, some Senate Republicans have said they may break rank and vote with Democrats to call new witnesses to testify. If all Democrats vote to call witnesses, at least four Republicans would need to join them for it to actually happen.

The debate and vote on witnesses could happen as early as Friday.

Nexstar is bringing you complete coverage of President Trump’s impeachment trial. Our coverage continues at 12:50 p.m. ET on Wednesday with Evan Donovan, Masha Saeidi and Washington correspondent Joe Khalil.

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