As the first day of arguments dragged on past midnight in the Senate impeachment trial for President Trump, Chief Justice John Roberts scolded both the House's prosecution team and the president's defense team, reminding them to "remember where they are."
Chief Justice John Roberts admonishes House impeachment managers and Pres. Trump’s counsel for “speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse.”— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 22, 2020
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House Judiciary Chairman and impeachment manager Jerry Nadler had just accused any Republican senator who votes to block evidence or witnesses of being "complicit" in a "cover-up."
White House counsel Pat Cipollone fired back, 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."
"I think it is appropriate for me to admonish both the House managers and the President's counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body," Roberts said. "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 Swayne 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," Roberts said. "I don't think we need to aspire to that high of a standard, but I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are."
In response, President Trump called Nadler a "sleazebag" at a press conference Wednesday morning.