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Judiciary Republican asks impeachment witnesses if they voted for Trump

House Judiciary Committee member Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockAn attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation Coalition of 7 conservative House Republicans says they won't challenge election results Five Republicans vote for bill to decriminalize marijuana MORE (R-Calif.) asked the witnesses during an impeachment inquiry hearing Wednesday whether they voted for President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire 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 NadlerPelosi names 9 impeachment managers Republicans gauge support for Trump impeachment Clyburn blasts DeVos and Chao for 'running away' from 25th Amendment fight 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.