Chief Justice Roberts Admonishes Both Legal Teams After Nadler Accuses GOP Senators of Treachery and Voting Against US in Trump Impeachment Trial
Chief Justice John Roberts admonished the Democrat House Managers and counsel for President Trump in a late night rebuke after Manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) accused Republican senators of casting “treacherous votes” “against the United States” by rejecting by tabling motions by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Nadler said, “…I see a lot of senators voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses. An absolutely indefensible vote. Obviously, a treacherous vote. A vote against an honest consideration of the evidence against the President. A vote against an honest trial. A vote against the United States…”
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sharply criticized Nadler for his comments, saying “The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you for the way you addressed this body. This is the United States Senate. You’re not in charge here.” Roberts then did a ‘both sides’ slap down.
“I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House Managers and the President’s counsel in equal terms to remember they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body. 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.
In the 1905 Swain trial, a senator objected when one of the managers used the word ‘pettifogging’ and the presiding officer said the word ought not to have been used. I don’t think we need to aspire to that high a standard, but I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are.”
Video of Nadler’s remarks accusing the GOP-led Senate of treachery:
Video of Cipollone’s rebuke of Nadler:
After the eleventh straight (and final) Democrat motion had been rejected by being tabled, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) thanked Roberts for his patience. Roberts replied, “Comes with the job.”
An eleventh amendment — allowing Chief Justice Roberts to rule on motions to subpoena witnesses and documents — has been tabled in a 53-47 vote on party lines https://t.co/nS4r69Hbee pic.twitter.com/pNm6JpCmTm
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 22, 2020
Next the Senate approved on a strict party line vote, 53-47, the same vote count as on ten of eleven tabled Democrat motions, McConnell’s proposed rules for the impeachment trial. The Senate then adjourned about 1:50 a.m. EST and is set to reconvene later Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST to resume the trial.
UPDATE: The tenth Democrat proposal was voted down 52-48 because Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) voted with the Democrats.
The Hill reported on the motion: “Democrats forced a 10th amendment vote early Wednesday morning that would extend the amount of time House impeachment managers and Trump’s legal team have to respond to motions. Currently, both sides can file motions around 9 a.m., including a potential motion to dismiss the charges against Trump. Under the rules, the opposing side would have to respond by 11 a.m. The amendment by Democrats would extend that time, giving them until Thursday to respond.”