Impeachment Trial Live Updates: Senate Moves to New Phase

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is scheduled to start again on Wednesday after both Trump’s legal team and House managers presented their arguments. Refresh for updates.

The Senate will now ask questions to Trump’s legal team and the House managers, led by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).

GOP Senator: ‘Momentum’ to End Trial

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a member of the Senate’s GOP leadership, said there is “momentum” among senators to end the impeachment trial.

“The momentum in the conference clearly is to just ending this,” he told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s trial. “We’ve had 17 witnesses already in the House … The American public isn’t paying attention anymore.”

Barrasso also made note of reports on a forthcoming memoir from former national security adviser John Bolton.

“Even if everything in the book is true, it doesn’t rise to the level of impeachment,” he maintained.

Romney Wants to Hear from Bolton

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) reiterating that he would like to hear from former Trump national security adviser John Bolton after a report from the New York Times claimed his upcoming book would include a claim that the president told him there was a link between military aid to Ukraine and investigations.

“I would like to hear from Mr. Bolton. I believe he may have answers to questions that I’d like to have evidence on. As a for instance, I’d like to know at the time the president decided not to immediately provide military aid to Ukraine, what was the reason he explained at that point. In addition I’d like to know a little later on was there any effort on the part of the President that aid was being held up or for whatever reason. So these are questions to relate to important issues that I’d like to get the answers to,” he told CNN.

Sen. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters near the Senate Subway on Capitol Hill
Sen. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters near the Senate Subway on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2019. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

“I’m going to let the defense and the prosecution decide which they want to call as a witness or witnesses, but John Bolton is one of those I’d like to hear,” he added.

Trump has strongly denied the report’s claims, writing on Twitter on Wednesday: “If I listened to [Bolton], we would be in World War Six by now, and goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book.”

Feinstein Disputes Report

Longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pushed back against reports saying she would vote to acquit Trump.

“The LA Times misunderstood what I said today. Before the trial I said I’d keep an open mind. Now that both sides made their cases, it’s clear the president’s actions were wrong,” Feinstein stated, referring to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Times wrote: “Feinstein suggests she is leaning toward acquitting Trump in the impeachment trial.” The article was widely circulated before Feinstein issued a statement on social media disputing the report.

Democrat Senator: Hunter Biden Is ‘Relevant’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Wednesday morning he believes Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son who is also a central impeachment figure, could be a “relevant witness” in the impeachment trial.

“I think so, I really do. I don’t have a problem there because this is why we are where we are,” Manchin said when he was asked on MSNBC”s “Morning Joe” about Hunter Biden being a relevant witness.

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In this July 8, 2019, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-W.Va.), speaks at a roundtable on the opioid epidemic at Cabell-Huntington Health Center in Huntington, West Virginia. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

He added: “Now I think he can clear himself, what I know and what I’ve heard, but being afraid to put anyone that might have pertinent information is wrong, no matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”

Manchin has bucked his party before. In 2018, he voted to approve the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.


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Impeachment Trial Live Updates: Senate Moves to New Phase,

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is scheduled to start again on Wednesday after both Trump’s legal team and House managers presented their arguments. Refresh for updates.

The Senate will now ask questions to Trump’s legal team and the House managers, led by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).

GOP Senator: ‘Momentum’ to End Trial

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a member of the Senate’s GOP leadership, said there is “momentum” among senators to end the impeachment trial.

“The momentum in the conference clearly is to just ending this,” he told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s trial. “We’ve had 17 witnesses already in the House … The American public isn’t paying attention anymore.”

Barrasso also made note of reports on a forthcoming memoir from former national security adviser John Bolton.

“Even if everything in the book is true, it doesn’t rise to the level of impeachment,” he maintained.

Romney Wants to Hear from Bolton

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) reiterating that he would like to hear from former Trump national security adviser John Bolton after a report from the New York Times claimed his upcoming book would include a claim that the president told him there was a link between military aid to Ukraine and investigations.

“I would like to hear from Mr. Bolton. I believe he may have answers to questions that I’d like to have evidence on. As a for instance, I’d like to know at the time the president decided not to immediately provide military aid to Ukraine, what was the reason he explained at that point. In addition I’d like to know a little later on was there any effort on the part of the President that aid was being held up or for whatever reason. So these are questions to relate to important issues that I’d like to get the answers to,” he told CNN.

Sen. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters near the Senate Subway on Capitol Hill
Sen. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters near the Senate Subway on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2019. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

“I’m going to let the defense and the prosecution decide which they want to call as a witness or witnesses, but John Bolton is one of those I’d like to hear,” he added.

Trump has strongly denied the report’s claims, writing on Twitter on Wednesday: “If I listened to [Bolton], we would be in World War Six by now, and goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book.”

Feinstein Disputes Report

Longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pushed back against reports saying she would vote to acquit Trump.

“The LA Times misunderstood what I said today. Before the trial I said I’d keep an open mind. Now that both sides made their cases, it’s clear the president’s actions were wrong,” Feinstein stated, referring to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Times wrote: “Feinstein suggests she is leaning toward acquitting Trump in the impeachment trial.” The article was widely circulated before Feinstein issued a statement on social media disputing the report.

Democrat Senator: Hunter Biden Is ‘Relevant’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Wednesday morning he believes Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son who is also a central impeachment figure, could be a “relevant witness” in the impeachment trial.

“I think so, I really do. I don’t have a problem there because this is why we are where we are,” Manchin said when he was asked on MSNBC”s “Morning Joe” about Hunter Biden being a relevant witness.

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In this July 8, 2019, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-W.Va.), speaks at a roundtable on the opioid epidemic at Cabell-Huntington Health Center in Huntington, West Virginia. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

He added: “Now I think he can clear himself, what I know and what I’ve heard, but being afraid to put anyone that might have pertinent information is wrong, no matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”

Manchin has bucked his party before. In 2018, he voted to approve the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is scheduled to start again on Wednesday after both Trump’s legal team and House managers presented their arguments. Refresh for updates. The Senate will now ask questions to Trump’s legal team and the House managers, led by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). GOP Senator: […]

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