As the team of Democratic House Managers ended their closing arguments on Friday in an attempt to make a case to the U.S. Senate that President Donald Trump should be convicted and removed from office over two articles of impeachment, Rep. Jerry Nadler apparently took his arguments to another level.
According to The Hill, Nadler urged the Senate jury to remove the president from office, warning that if they didn’t, he would be known as a “dictator.”
“He wants to be all powerful,” Nadler said. “He doesn’t want to have to respect the Congress, he does not have to respect the representatives of the will of the people.”
Doubling down on his attack on the president, Nadler insisted that Trump
“He is a dictator. This must not stand and that is another reason he must be removed from office,” the New York lawmaker warned.
Earlier in the week, Nadler accused Republicans of engaging in a “cover-up” after they refused to back a vote that would have allowed Democrats to bring in witnesses for the Senate impeachment trial.
Several Republican senators — even ones who aren’t exactly strong allies of the president — were offended by Nadler’s baseless accusation, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Susan Collins.
On Saturday, the president’s legal defense team spent several hours making their opening arguments as to why Trump is innocent of the articles of impeachment drafted against him. The arguments were apparently a success, even according to CNN’s political analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
Toobin said on air that Trump and the Republicans are “winning” the impeachment battle, shortly after the White House legal team stated its case.