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All eyes were on the inquiries posed by the handful of Republicans who remain on the fence over calling new witnesses, namely former national security adviser John Bolton. Three of them — Susan Collins, Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski — kicked off proceedings by submitting a joint question on the importance of Mr. Trump’s motives when he demanded investigations from Ukraine into his political rivals.
At the end of the session, Collins submitted a question asking why House Democrats did not charge Mr. Trump with bribery. Both Representatives Jeffries and Schiff took a crack at answering, but it is unclear if she found their arguments convincing.
The senators, along with Republican Lamar Alexander, kept copious notes over the course of the day, their eyes trained on the lawyers answering questions while other colleagues mulled about the chamber or chatted amongst themselves.
The prospect of Bolton‘s testimony formed the backdrop for the action in the Senate. Democrats need four Republican senators to join them in voting to allow motions to compel testimony and documents, a question that is expected be put to a vote on Friday.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told colleagues on Tuesday that Republicans don’t yet have the votes to prevent consideration of new testimony, but a handful of lawmakers remain undecided and wanted to see how the Q&A portion of the trial plays out.
There was a little levity in the proceedings when Republican Senator Roy Blunt accidentally said he had a question with Senator McCaskill, his former Democratic colleague from Missouri. McCaskill was defeated by Josh Hawley in 2018. The chamber was filled with bipartisan laughter, leading Blunt to joke that it was “a terrifying thought.” Hawley laughed, too, and even looked a bit red in the face at the sudden attention. Blunt, of course, meant to say that he had a question with Arizona Senator Martha McSally.
McCaskill, noting that she and Blunt are actually friends, told MSNBC, she didn’t believe that it would be “terrifying” for him.
“I think he’d be perfectly fine if I were still in the Senate,” she said.