House Judiciary Committee member Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockThis week: Impeachment inquiry moves to Judiciary Committee Lawmakers turn attention to potential witnesses at Judiciary impeachment hearings Sunday shows - Focus shifts to Judiciary impeachment hearing MORE (R-Calif.) asked the witnesses during an impeachment inquiry hearing Wednesday whether they voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop Democrat: 'Obstruction of justice' is 'too clear not to include' in impeachment probe Former US intel official says Trump would often push back in briefings Schiff says investigators seeking to identify who Giuliani spoke to on unlisted '-1' number 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 University law professor Pamela Karlan replied.
"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 Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerImpeachment puts spotlight on Georgia Republican eyeing Senate House Judiciary announces impeachment witnesses Five things to watch for at Trump's NATO meetings 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 how many of the witnesses "supported" Trump in 2016.
"Not raising our hands is not an indication of an answer, sir," said Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman.
Republican member of Congress asks congressional witnesses to raise their hands if they voted for Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/tI1bHdvwNJ— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) December 4, 2019
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.