WASHINGTON (WFLA) – President Donald Trump’s legal team wrapped up its opening arguments on Tuesday in the president’s impeachment trial. The trial will now move on to a questioning period.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the guidelines for the questioning period as he adjourned court on Tuesday. The period will begin Wednesday at 1 p.m. and is expected to last two days. Senators will have to put their questions in writing and submit them to Chief Justice John Roberts.
As the defense team wrapped its case, members of the Senate continued mulling whether or not they should call witnesses like John Bolton to testify in the trial. The debate over witnesses started to ramp up over the weekend when news broke that a draft of Bolton’s forthcoming book says the president told him he didn’t want to release aid to Ukraine without an investigation into the Bidens.
The president and his team have denied those claims. Jay Sekulow, quoting Alan Dershowitz, said during his arguments on Tuesday that even if what was in the Bolton manuscript was true, it didn’t rise to the level of an impeachable offense.
Regardless of the denial, news of the manuscript was enough for a few Senate Republicans to say they may break rank and vote with Democrats to call new witnesses in the trial.
At least four Republicans would need to join Democrats in order for witnesses to be called.
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