Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, admonished Trumps team and House impeachment managers early Wednesday after the sides traded insults.
“I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and presidents counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the worlds greatest deliberative body,” Roberts said in one of the few times he commented on Tuesday or so far Wednesday.
“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 added.
Roberts noted that in the 1905 Senate impeachment trial of a judge, a senator objected when one of the House managers used the word “pettifogging.” The presiding judge then agreed that “the word ought not have been used.”
“I dont think we need to aspire to that high standard, but I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are,” he said.
Pettifogging means “worrying too much about details that are minor or not important.”
Robertss remarks came after House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) claimed that Republicans in the Senate want to cover up actions carried out by Trump by not allowing additional witnesses or approving requests by House and Senate Democrats for certain documents.
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