Sen. Chris Van Hollen: Views On The Senate Impeachment Trial | WYPR

Sen. Chris Van Hollen: Views On The Senate Impeachment Trial

Jan 29, 2020

The Impeachment Trial enters a new phase as senators question House managers and Trump defenders.
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The Senate Impeachment Trial of President Trump continues today, beginning at 1:00pm EST.  WYPR will be carrying NPR's live coverage of the trial.

The President’s defense team wrapped up its arguments on Tuesday.  The members of the White House team chose to use about 11 hours of their 24 allotted hours.  When they concluded their presentation early, it took at least a few Senators by surprise. 

Today, the trial moved into the Questions phase.  Over the next 16 hours of proceedings, senators will be submitting written questions to Chief Justice John Roberts, who reads them aloud and directs either the House managers or White House counsel to respond.  Sure to be among the topics over the next two days is the possibility of calling witnesses such as former National Security Advisor John Bolton.  On Sunday night, when the New York Times published a story about a book Mr. Bolton has written describing Bolton’s interactions with the President on the subject of withholding aid to Ukraine, the dynamic of the trial changed dramatically. 

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md) is one of the 100 lawmakers deliberating in the Impeachment Trial.
Credit office of Sen. Chris Van Hollen

For a unique insider's perspective on these historic proceedings, we begin today with Senator Chris Van Hollen.  The junior senator from Maryland spoke with Tom from his office on Capitol Hill about 90 minutes before our live show.