Sen. Susan Collins, R.-Maine, asked House managers and President Donald Trump’s attorneys during the impeachment trial whether there are legitimate circumstances for the president to investigate a U.S. citizen, including a political rival. House manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said it was hard to imagine a situation in which this would be appropriate. “It may be appropriate for the Justice Department” to investigate, Schiff said. “That didn’t happen here.” Schiff added that Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, not an official agency sought to investigate the Bidens. In response, White House deputy counsel Patrick Philbin argued it could be “perfectly legitimate” to ask for an investigation into a U.S. citizen overseas, even if it didn’t result in a criminal investigation domestically.

Senators were given a second day to ask questions of the House managers and Trump’s legal team on Thursday, Jan. 30. That came after both sides were given three days, respectively, to present their case. The House of Representatives impeached Trump in December on two articles -- abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The questions come ahead of a vote on whether to bring forward witnesses and documents as part of the Senate trial. The Senate must now decide whether to acquit the president or convict him of the charges and remove him from office.

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