What to expect in Thursday’s impeachment trial questioning

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What to expect in Thursday’s impeachment trial questioning

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump moved away from opening arguments Wednesday and into questions. As senators are not allowed to speak openly on the floor, they instead submitted written questions that were then read aloud by Chief Justice John Roberts, who presides over the trial. Questions from senators will continue Thursday, with a vote on allowing witnesses expected as soon as Friday.Both sides are likely to follow similar lines of questioning seen in Wednesday’s proceedings. House impeachment managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, will receive questions from Democrats asking to expand on why witnesses are important, a central issue of the opening arguments. They’ll also likely receive sharp questioning from GOP members of the Senate, asking if a president should investigate corruption in countries receiving aid from the United States.Trump’s defense team, led by Alan Dershowitch and Kenneth Starr, will likely be asked by allied GOP senators to expand on possible dangers of impeachment, as well as what constitutes the need for impeachment. Democratic senators will contrast with questions focusing on what precedent would be set by not impeaching.The issue of whether to allow witnesses, and if so, how many, has underscored the impeachment trial in the Senate. House impeachment managers argue that a trial without witnesses isn’t a real trial, while Trump’s defense team argues against the relevancy of bringing in witnesses.

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump moved away from opening arguments Wednesday and into questions. As senators are not allowed to speak openly on the floor, they instead submitted written questions that were then read aloud by Chief Justice John Roberts, who presides over the trial.

Questions from senators will continue Thursday, with a vote on allowing witnesses expected as soon as Friday.

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Both sides are likely to follow similar lines of questioning seen in Wednesday’s proceedings. House impeachment managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, will receive questions from Democrats asking to expand on why witnesses are important, a central issue of the opening arguments. They’ll also likely receive sharp questioning from GOP members of the Senate, asking if a president should investigate corruption in countries receiving aid from the United States.

Trump’s defense team, led by Alan Dershowitch and Kenneth Starr, will likely be asked by allied GOP senators to expand on possible dangers of impeachment, as well as what constitutes the need for impeachment. Democratic senators will contrast with questions focusing on what precedent would be set by not impeaching.

The issue of whether to allow witnesses, and if so, how many, has underscored the impeachment trial in the Senate. House impeachment managers argue that a trial without witnesses isn’t a real trial, while Trump’s defense team argues against the relevancy of bringing in witnesses.