Judiciary Republican asks impeachment witnesses if they voted for Trump

House Judiciary Committee member Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockHispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Overnight Energy: Panel gives chairman power to subpoena Interior | House passes bill to protect wilderness | House Republicans propose carbon capture bill | Ocasio-Cortez introduces bill to ban fracking House Natural Resources gives Grijalva power to subpoena Interior MORE (R-Calif.) asked the witnesses during an impeachment inquiry hearing Wednesday whether they voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE, a line of questioning that at least one of the constitutional law experts objected to publicly. 

"With a show of hands, how many on the panel actually voted for Donald Trump in 2016?" McClintock asked. 

"I don't think we're obligated to say anything about how we cast our ballots," Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan replied. 

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"I think you've made your positions, Professor Karlan, very, very clear," McClintock said. 

"I have a right to cast a secret ballot," Karlan retorted. 

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' MORE (D-N.Y.) then said that McClintock could ask the question but that the witnesses did not have to answer it. 

The California Republican then asked for a show of hands of how many of the witnesses "supported" Trump in 2016. 

"Not raising our hands is not an indication of an answer, sir," said Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman. 

Four constitutional law scholars testified before the Judiciary Committee as part of the House's impeachment inquiry into Trump. Three of them were invited by Democrats, and one was invited by Republicans.

The White House declined to participate in Wednesday's proceeding, and Trump has denied wrongdoing.