The Senate passed Mitch McConnell’s impeachment trial rules along party lines early Wednesday morning — ending a 13-hour day of debate on the Senate floor in which all 11 amendments introduced by the Democrats were rejected.
The amendments sought subpoenas for key witnesses and documents related to President Trump’s decision to allegedly withhold aid to Ukraine in exchange for the country to investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the country.
All of the amendments except for one were shot down by Republicans in a party-line vote. Senator Susan Collins was the only lawmaker to break with her party during the vote.
As the debate drew to a close, Chief Justice John Roberts admonished both parties following a heated exchange between House Judiciary Committee chief Jerry Nadler and President Trump’s lawyers.
“I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and president’s counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body,” Roberts told the lawmakers.
“One reason it has earned that title is because it’s members avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse,” said Roberts, adding, “I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are.”
Roberts’ remarks came after a fierce debate over seventh amendment introduced by Democrats that sought to subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton.
Nadler accused Trump’s legal team of covering-up the allegations against Trump by blocking witnesses, NBC News reported.
“Will you bring Ambassador Bolton here? Will you permit us to present you with the entire record of the president’s misconduct?” Nalder asked.
“Or will you instead choose to be complicit in the president’s cover-up? So far, I’m sad to say I see a lot of senators voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses, an absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote,” he fumed.
Cipollone fired back, saying it’s Nadler who should be embarrassed.
“The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you for the way you’ve addressed this body. This is the United States Senate. You’re not in charge here,” Cipollone said.
The trial will resume at 1 p.m. Wednesday with opening arguments from House lawmakers prosecuting the case.
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