This is, well… awkward.
On Thursday evening, Chief Justice John Roberts asked the final question to the House impeachment managers, closing out a long day of responses. Rep. Jerry Nadler picked up his notes and headed to the senate stand to answer the question — but Rep. Adam Schiff seemed to think he would be answering, quickly getting up and calling Nadler’s name numerous times.
“Jerry. Jerry. Jerry.” Schiff repeated, as Nadler walked by him to deliver a response.
Nadler did not seem to even notice Schiff calling him, despite Schiff’s plea being audible on the live broadcast. Check out the clip, with the two House members at the bottom left:
Rep. Jerry Nadler got up to get the last word in for the night. Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, got up and tried to get Nadler's attention: "Jerry. Jerry. Jerry." pic.twitter.com/M5K2OBXoK1
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 31, 2020
The Hill reports that Members of the President Trump’s legal team, along with GOP Senate staff, were amused by the scene as they were spotted smiling on the live feed.
President Donald Trump responded to the odd incident, claiming infighting between Democrats is taking place over the seemingly unsuccessful bid to garner additional witnesses and evidence.
“Nadler ripped final argument away from Schiff, thinks Shifty did a terrible job. They are fighting big time!” Trump tweeted.
Nadler ripped final argument away from Schiff, thinks Shifty did a terrible job. They are fighting big time! https://t.co/L2qTV9pWiL
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2020
Republican senators have signaled that they expect the impeachment proceedings to wrap up by Monday at the latest. However, Trump may be acquitted as early as Friday afternoon, should everything go according to plan for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.