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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Note-passing and power: Moderates team up at Trump trial

Jan. 31, 2020 12:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican seatmates Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski on Thursday passed a piece of paper back and forth, nodded — and then sent the note on an unusual journey across the Senate aisle, into the hands of Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Two hours later, Sinema posed the trial's first...

In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts reads a question during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Asked and answered? Senators have their say in Trump trial

Jan. 30, 2020 12:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At last during the impeachment trial, they got to do what comes naturally in their native habitat: speak on the Senate floor. But when senators engaged in a bit of their beloved talk, the result was something between a political debate and a low-budget reality show. That's in part because...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, talks to reporters as he walks to attend the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Fight over Bolton gives Romney a chance for Senate clout

Jan. 29, 2020 8:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Mitt Romney's big moment, again. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has for a year been a freshman senator from Utah. He's sitting in judgment of the president he has called unfit for office. And he's defying President Donald Trump by calling for one witness in particular,...

In this image from video, White House counsel Pat Cipollone speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trial highlights: Transcript talk, handshakes for defense

Jan. 25, 2020 4:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers on Saturday argued a robust version of one of his favorite phrases to tweet: “Read the transcript!” It was the first day of defense arguments in Trump’s impeachment trial as the Senate gathered for two quick hours in a rare...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Schiff sets tone of impeachment case, says 'right matters'

Jan. 24, 2020 3:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few gripping minutes, Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead impeachment prosecutor against President Donald Trump, had made the restless Senate snap to attention. Voice cracking as he spoke, Schiff made an impassioned plea late Thursday for removing Trump from office, framing the choice in...

FILE - In this July 31, 2019 file photo, then National security adviser John Bolton speaks to media at the White House in Washington.  Bolton says he's 'prepared to testify' in Senate impeachment trial if subpoenaed (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Bolton willing to testify in impeachment trial if subpoenaed

Jan. 6, 2020 7:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House national security adviser John Bolton said he is “prepared to testify” if he is subpoenaed by the Senate in its impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, a surprise statement that bolstered Democrats in their push for new witnesses. Bolton, who left...

FILE - In this May 4, 2018, file photo a man talks on the phone in a hallway adorned with the palm tree-printed wallpaper at a hotel near the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. The Senate has passed a bill that cracks down on robocalls, a persistent and costly problem for Americans. The bill has already passed the House and now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Senate passes anti-robocalls bill; Trump expected to sign

Dec. 19, 2019 4:23 PM EST

The Senate approved a bill Thursday to crack down on robocalls, sending to President Donald Trump a measure meant to combat a persistent and costly problem for Americans. The bill, which Trump is expected to sign, would stiffen enforcement and require that phone companies offer free consumer tools to identify and...