Trump impeachment trial: Live updates from the Senate

The Twittersphere is urging opponents of President Trump to call Chief Justice John Roberts and give him a piece of their mind about the impeachment proceedings.

Some online missives urged Twitter users to contact Roberts and tell him to “stop sitting there.” They even made a veiled reference to a “potted plant.”

Although Roberts is fulfilling his duty under the Constitution and presiding over the trial, his role so far has been largely ceremonial, keeping the clock and the vote tally and sometimes even admonishing the legal teams for a lack of civility. Unlike the quiet of the marble hallways of the Supreme Court — totally void of cameras — the 64-year-old justice has spent long hours front and center on screens across the country. For many, it’s the first they’ve seen of the chief justice since his own confirmation hearings.

While he is wearing his judicial robe and banging a gavel, Roberts is on an unfamiliar playing ground, following the rules put forward by another branch of government. 

This morning he was briefly back at the Supreme Court where he held a regular closed door conference with his colleagues and discussed whether to add cases concerning religious liberty, LGBTQ rights, immigration and the Second Amendment to an already blockbuster set of cases.

In a sign that the impeachment proceedings might be impacting the business of the Supreme Court, no opinions will be released next week. Last year at this time the court had announced eight opinions, compared to four this term.

But Roberts’ day job was not of interest on the Twittersphere this morning.

One Twitter user demanded:

“Call SCOTUS. Demand that Justice Roberts admonish the senators who leave or sleep during testimony. He must tell them to stay in their seats or risk losing their votes!”

See how the Supreme Court plays a role if there’s a tie in the impeachment trial:

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