As President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate moves into the second day of proceedings, White House lawyer Pat Cipollone felt compelled to send a strong reminder to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler that he has no power in the upper chamber of Congress.
According to Breitbart, Cipollone slammed the lawmaker after he delivered a long speech calling for the ability to pass an amendment to call former national security adviser John Bolton to testify on the Senate floor.
“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,” Cipollone said at one point.
That response came after Nadler accused the White House of lying, which is apparently not acceptable in a court-of-law, let alone an impeachment trial.
“They lie,” Nadler claimed. “And lie, and lie, and lie,” he added.
Cipollone addressed the Senate jurors after Nadler’s accusation that the White House is guilty of lying, holding nothing back in the process.
“We’ve been respectful of the Senate. We’ve made our arguments to you. And you don’t deserve, and we don’t deserve, what just happened. 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,” Cipollone said.
The White House lawyer doubled down on his defense and then pointed out that Nadler once said that a partisan impeachment was not good for American voters — even suggesting it deprives them of their otherwise valid vote. “What happened, Mr. Nadler?” Cipollone asked.
Cipollone then told Nadler that it would behoove him to apologize to Trump, his family, the Senate and then apologize to United States voters.
On Wednesday, House Managers will deliver their opening arguments in Trump’s impeachment trial, attempting to convince Senate jurors that the president is guilty of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power — the two articles of impeachment Democrats passed against the president.