Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, asked President Donald Trump's legal team about the timeline of the president’s efforts to investigate the Bidens, which he alleges was connected to corruption in Ukraine. Deputy White House counsel Patrick Philbin said that, while there is nothing in the record about Trump mentioning the Bidens before the former vice president announced he was running for president, there is a record of Trump addressing corruption in Ukraine. Philbin said that new Ukrainain President Zelensky’s anti-corruption platform opened up an opportunity for Trump to start looking at these issues. Additionally, he said that Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani started looking into the Bidens’ connections with Ukraine and Burisma “months before Biden announced any candidacy.” Senators had their first chance to ask questions of the House managers and President Donald 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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