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Congressional correspondent Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill, House impeachment managers to present their case.
A house Democrat reproach in the midst of the trump impeachment “stunned” even the most moderate Senate Republicans, the allegedly prompted GOP Sen. Susan Collins, a note to write to Chief Justice John Roberts about decorum on the floor of the upper chamber.
Collins, R-Maine, is the latest to signal your concerns, after the impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, claimed earlier this week that the GOP senators were in a “cover-up.”
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Collins told Politico that she was “stunned” by Nadler comments, and confirmed to the outlet that she wrote a note that made its way to Roberts, after a tense back-and-forth between Nadler and White House Chief Counsel for Pat Cipollone.
“It reminded me that if we were in a normal debate in the Senate, the rule would be invoked to strike, the words of the Senator for impugning another senator,” she said Politically. “So, I have a note to write, the question is whether it would be a violation of the rules.”
Collins said she had been deaf to the note of the Secretary for the majority, Laura, and shortly thereafter, the chief justice admonished both sides. And I was glad that he did.”
CNN first reported that Collins wrote in a note for the chief justice.
“I’m going to have my vote, regardless of the Congressman’s performance,” she said Politically. “His negative comments about the Senate no influence.”
Collins is among a small group of Republican senators as a possible swing vote on impeachment and a possible supporters, so that more witnesses later in the process.
Also in this group, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said this week that she was offended by Nadler presentation.
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“I took it as offensive,” she told reporters Wednesday. “As someone who is to listen carefully and work hard to get a fair trial, I insulted was.”
Senior Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Democrats said a “big step backwards” in your opening.
“I mean, that is to say an extraordinary thing, on the floor of the Senate of the United States, the middle of the process, and what drew the rebuke, and rightly so,” Hawley said. “I can tell you, it was an open, open, panting, to the Senate, when Nadler was saying these things. I mean, It’s really, really exceptional.”
FILE – In this November. 6, 2019, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is surrounded by reporters as she heads to the vote at the Capitol in Washington. U.S. Sen. Collins officially her bid for re-election Wednesday, Dec. 18, the device tax, and held tightly watched the fight for the seat, the moderate Republican from Maine, for nearly 24 years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
Nadler’s opening statement began with the appointment of Republican support for the President “embarrassing.”
“The President is put to the test by the Senate, but the Senate is before the court in the eyes of the American people,” he said. “You agree that all relevant evidence be submitted? Or will they betray their commitment to an impartial juror?”
“Bringing you to Ambassador [John] Bolton here? Will you allow us to help you with the entire record of the President’s misconduct? Or will you instead choose to be complicit in the President’s cover-up?”, he continued. “As far as I’m sad to say, I see a lot of senators to vote for a cover-up to deny the vote to witnesses, an absolutely untenable voice, obviously the voice betrays.”
To defend the Trump legal team, the comments, the signature of the chief justice issuing a reprimand for both sides, on the contrary, the Nadler.
“It is appropriate to remind at this point for me, both the house Manager and the President advised to remember the level of your eyes that you are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body,” Roberts said. “The reason why it has earned this title because its members avoid speaking in a manner, to use language, is not conducive to civil discourse. “
Roberts continues: “In 1905 [judge Charles] Swayne trial, a senator objected to, when one of the managers used the word “pettifogging’ — and the Chairman said that the word should not have been used. I think not, we have to strive for that high standard, but I think that addressing the Senate should remember where they are.”
Meanwhile, the senators, the shown in General, already have some unrest on the ground after hours and hours of opening statements from the Prosecutor’s office.
“The house is totally false assessment of how you deal with it,” a Senate GOP source told Fox News on Thursday. “You make far too much value on the time that you are using, as the substance of what you spend.”
Fox News’ Jason Thunder, Gregg Re, and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.