Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., in her submitted question, said President Donald Trump insisted in a phone call with Ambassador Gordon Sondland that there was no "quid pro quo" with Ukraine. But Trump then also said, according to Sondland, that the stalemate over aid would continue until Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced investigations into Trump's political rivals. "Is that the definition of the exact quid pro quo that the president claimed didn't exist?" Rosen asked. "The short answer is yes. That's exactly what a quid pro quo is," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said. "When someone says, 'I'm not going to ask you to this,' but then says, 'I'm going to ask you to do this," that's what happened here." Senators had 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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