U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is shifting to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses and face a potential setback in their hope of ending the trial with a quick acquittal.
If all Democrats vote in favour of that resolution, as is expected, they'd still need four Republicans to join them to reach the simple majority (51 votes) needed to pass it.
Removing Trump from office would take a two-thirds majority. With Republicans holding a 53-47 majority in the Senate, removal remains highly unlikely.
Trump's legal team played video clips of Democratic lawmakers speaking during then-President Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment process.
At a news conference in Davos last week, Trump indicated he was anxious about Bolton, whom he fired in 2019.
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton should hold a press conference to disclose details from his upcoming book, Sen. "Who would do this?" "You know what the right answer is in your heart", White House Counsel Pat Cipollone stated. Bolton was asked to testify but was not subpoenaed, with House Democrats arguing that Bolton had made clear he would go to court to fight the subpoena, as one of his close colleagues did.
For much of the last 20 years, John Bolton was a conservative poster child, a Republican hawk whose worldview helped shape the GOP establishment's approach to dicey foreign policy questions.
He said he thought the GOP conference was unified behind a plan that would see more witnesses called than the Trump team would want, in exchange for a witness like Bolton.
It also opens up the possibility other witnesses are called, including Joe and Hunter Biden. He was trailed by TV cameras, photographers and sign-toting demonstrators.
The questioning began about 1 p.m. and precedes a vote later in the week on whether to call witnesses as Democrats have sought. No electronics are allowed in the Senate visitors' gallery, and Parnas has been ordered to wear an ankle bracelet to track his location as he awaits trial on federal campaign finance charges. Trump tweeted late Tuesday night. Schumer also indicated Democrats would reject any effort at a so-called witness swap with Republicans.
Democrats say witnesses are essential for a fair trial, while Republicans maintain that witnesses can inject uncertainty into the proceedings and prolong the trial. They will be submitted in writing and read aloud by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial.
The questions can be directed at either the Democratic House prosecutors or Trump's legal team, and will take up to eight hours a day over Wednesday and Thursday. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is facing perhaps the most hard reelection of any Senate Republican this year, told Colorado Politics that he wouldn't support the vote for witnesses. Sen. Schumer made a fresh pitch for Republican support for witnesses, saying calling them would not result in a lengthy delay in the trial.
Citing multiple people's description of the manuscript, the Times reported that Bolton claims Trump told him in August that he wanted to continue holding military aid to Ukraine until the country helped with investigations into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden - claims that the President denied.
Republican Senator Kevin Cramer, a conservative defender of Trump who opposes witnesses, said Republicans were "mostly united" against witnesses, but added: "I'm pretty sure it's not unanimous".
Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv on January 16, 2017.
"There's a mountain of evidence that the Bidens were involved in corruption".