Judiciary Republican asks impeachment witnesses if they voted for Trump

House Judiciary Committee member Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockDemocrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers Hoyer says Democratic leaders mulled requiring masks on House floor Mask-wearing becomes political even as some governors ease resistance MORE (R-Calif.) asked the witnesses during an impeachment inquiry hearing Wednesday whether they voted for President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' 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 NadlerNadler wins Democratic primary Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Clyburn threatens to end in-person coronavirus committee hearings if Republicans won't wear masks 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.