Roberts admonishes House managers after outbursthttps://thehill.com/homenews/senate/479298-roberts-admonishes-house-managers-trump-lawyers-after-heated-exchange
Chief Justice John Roberts warned the House impeachment managers early Wednesday morning to keep their tone civil after their arguments in the Senate impeachment trial became heated and personal after a clash over procedure.
“It is appropriate at this point for me to admonish the House managers that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body,” Roberts warned.
“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,” he said.
The chief justice noted that in a 1905 Senate impeachment trial a senator objected when one of the managers used the word “pettifogging” and the presiding officer at the trial agreed “the word ought not to have been used.”
“I don’t think we need to aspire to that high standard, but I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are,” he said.
Roberts delivered his admonishment after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone exchanged harsh remarks about the other side’s conduct and motives.