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Judiciary Republican asks impeachment witnesses if they voted for Trump

House Judiciary Committee member Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockHouse votes to condemn alleged hysterectomies on migrant women House to vote on removing cannabis from list of controlled substances House votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol MORE (R-Calif.) asked the witnesses during an impeachment inquiry hearing Wednesday whether they voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote 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 NadlerMarijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court 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.