Chief Justice John Roberts warned the House impeachment managers and President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter’s op-edJayapal: ‘We will end up with another Trump’ if the US doesn’t elect progressiveDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a ‘cover up,’ ‘national disgrace’MOREs lawyers early Wednesday morning to keep their tone civil after their arguments in the Senate impeachment trial became heated and personal after a clash over procedure.
It is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and presidents counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the worlds greatest deliberative body, Roberts warned.
One reason it has earned that title is because its members avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse, he said.
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The chief justice noted that in a 1905 Senate impeachment trial a senator objected when one of the managers used the word pettifogging and the presiding officer at the trial agreed the word ought not to have been used.
I dont think we need to aspire to that high standard, but I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are, he said.
Roberts delivered his admonishment after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trialPelosi: Trump’s impeachment ‘cannot be erased’House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to SenateMORE (D-N.Y.) and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone exchanged harsh remarks about the other sides conduct and motives.
Nadler angered the White House lawyers when he characterized their arguments for not subpoenaing former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a ‘cover up,’ ‘national disgrace’Romney pledges ‘open mind’ ahead of impeachment trialMcConnell proposes compressed schedule for impeachment trialMORE as claiming executive privilege or other nonsense.
Cipollone, irate over the comment, demanded an apology to the chamber.
Mr. Nadler came up here and made false allegations against our team. He made false allegations against all of you. He accused you of a cover-up. Hes been making false allegations against the president. The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you for the way youve addressed this body, he thundered on the floor.