Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., asked house managers about the pushback on subpoenaing witnesses and documents, noting that it only took a few days to do so during former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial. House manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries argued that indeed, witnesses and documents could be called “in an expeditious fashion” during this trial. He said the record contained strong evidence that President Donald Trump did pressure his political rival, backed by witnesses who testified during the House impeachment trial, such as Ambassador Bill Taylor and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Jeffries said there was a need to call more witnesses, such as former national security adviser John Bolton and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, adding that Trump should not be treated any differently than previous presidents. Senators had their first chance to ask questions of the House managers and Trump’s legal team on Wednesday, Jan. 29. 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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