3 Republicans Asked Own Side Tough Questions

Both sides used Romney analogies
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2020 7:00 AM CST
Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, departs at the end of the day in the impeachment trial of President Trump, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – The first day of the Q&A portion of President Trump's impeachment trial lasted approximately 10 hours Wednesday—and the more than 90 questions read aloud by Chief Justice John Roberts included one asked by both Republicans and Democrats. Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski asked whether Trump had mentioned the Bidens in connection with Ukrainian corruption in the two years before Joe Biden announced his White House bid, the Hill reports. The question was later repeated by Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. White House lawyer Patrick Philbin said he couldn't name a specific instance before 2019 when Trump pursued investigations of the Bidens. More:

  • Tough questions from GOP trio. Most questions posed to either White House lawyers or Democratic impeachment managers came from their own side, but Collins, Murkowski, and Sen. Mitt Romney asked tougher questions than their colleagues. Romney asked when exactly Trump had ordered a freeze on Ukraine aid, and White House lawyers "cited discussions other people had about aid to Ukraine but never addressed when Trump ordered the hold on aid or what he told people when he did it," Politico reports.

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