White House counsel Pat Cipollone chastised House impeachment manager Jerry Nadler for his argument in favor of former national security adviser John Bolton’s testimony, during which Nadler repeatedly accused Senate Republicans of participating in a coverup if they denied Democratic requests for witnesses.
Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, harangued the Senate just after midnight on Wednesday on multiple occasions, saying, “The Senate is on trial in the eyes of the American people” and voting in favor of restricting witnesses was akin to being “complicit in the President’s coverup.”
“Will you vote to allow all of the evidence to be presented here? Or will you betray your pledge to be impartial juror?” Nadler said. “Will you bring Bolton here and permit us to present you with the entire record of the President’s misconduct? Or choose to be complicit in the President’s cover up.”
“So far, I’m sad to say, I see a lot of senators voting for a coverup. Voting to deny witnesses and 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.”
That led Cipollone to say Nadler owed the Senate an apology.
“We have been respectful of the Senate. We have made our arguments to you. And you don’t deserve, and we don’t deserve, what just happened,” Cipollone said. “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. He’s been making false allegations against the President.”
“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.”
Jay Sekulow, another one of Trump’s attorney, continued the onslaught against Nadler.
“We hopefully are closing the proceedings. Not on a high note,” Sekulow said. “’Only guilty people try to hide evidence’? So I guess when President Obama instructed the attorney general to not give information, he was guilty of a crime.
“That’s the way it works, Mr. Nadler? Is that the way the United States Constitution works? Because that’s not the way it was written. That’s is not the way it is interpreted. And there’s not the way the American people should have to live. I’ll tell you what’s treacherous — coming to the floor of Senate and say, ‘Executive privilege and other non-sense.’ ”