Impeachment Day: Chief Justice Roberts Admonishes House Managers, Trump Lawyers


Chief Justice John Roberts has so far been playing mostly a ministerial role, helping keep impeachment proceedings stay on track. 

But shortly before 1 a.m., the impeachment trial's presiding officer admonished the prosecutors and the White House legal team for the quality of their discourse, warning them about using inappropriate language.

"I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and the president's counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body," he said at the close of a heated debate over subpoenaing former national security adviser John Bolton.

"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," Mr. Roberts went on. He noted that in a 1905 trial, a senator objected when one of the managers used the term "pettifogging," and the presiding officer said the word should not be used.

"I don't think we need to aspire to that high a standard, but I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are," he said.

Democratic delegates at the hearing of the US President's impeachment hearing in the US Senate failed to force the government to submit documents on Ukraine.

US President Donald Trump has been impeached in the Democratic-majority US House of Representatives and has now become the third president in American history to face the prospect of being fired in the Senate.

The Senate Republican majority, however, is close to zero with the Democrats' success in ousting Trump.

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