Fed-up John Roberts delivers a stark warning to both sides of impeachment

Supreme Court Justice John Roberts

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts warned the attorneys for President Donald Trump and the House impeachment managers to watch their tone as the first day of the proceedings wound down. 

Roberts told both sides to “remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body”:

“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.” 

His comments came after some late-night fireworks between Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who is one of the House impeachment managers, and Trump attorney Pat Cipollone. 

Nadler called Trump’s legal strategy “embarrassing” and took the Senate to task after a series of party-line votes that will not allow for witnesses or new evidence:

“The president is on trial in the Senate, but the Senate is on trial in the eyes of the American people. Will you vote to allow all the relevant evidence to be presented here? Or will you betray your pledge to be an impartial juror?” 

“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,” Nadler said. He also called it a “vote against the United States.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., waves as the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump concludes on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., walks from the Senate chamber during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., walks to the Senate chamber after a dinner break during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this image from video, the vote for passage approving the rules for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 is displayed. Senate resolution 483 passed along a party-line vote of 53-47. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts reads the results of the vote on approving the rules for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Senate resolution 483 passed along a party-line vote of 53-47. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, Senators vote on approving the rules for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Senate resolution 483 passed along a party-line vote of 53-47. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, Senators vote to table an amendment by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts reads the results of the vote to table an amendment by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, White House deputy counsel Mike Purpura speaks against an amendment regarding calling witnesses offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, Jay Sekulow, argues against a amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, White House counsel Pat Cipollone argues against a amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a video is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks past the Ohio Clock as he heads back to the Senate chamber during a break in the trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
In this image from video, a video is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., argues in favor of an amendment proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena John Bolton during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
Senate majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, walks out of the Senate chamber during a break in the trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
In this image from video, White House deputy counsel Patrick Philbin argues against an amendment regarding selective admission of evidence and handling of classified material that was offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., argues in favor of amendment regarding selective admission of evidence and handling of classified material that was offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., offers an amendment regarding selective admission of evidence and handling of classified material during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of an amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argues in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair and Patrick Duffey, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, a graphic is displayed as impeachment manager Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., speaks in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena documents from the Department of Defense, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
In this image from video, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
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Cipollone fired back: “The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you. For the way you addressed this body. This is the United States Senate. You’re not in charge here.”

Roberts told both of them to back off and warned others to do the same. He noted that during the 1905 impeachment trial of federal judge Charles Swayne, a senator objected to the use of the word “pettifogging” (which means “worrying too much about details that are minor or not important,” per Merriam-Webster).

“I don’t think we need to aspire to that high a standard,” Roberts said. “But I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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