A legal scholar who testified in the House impeachment hearings last month said this week that impeachment managers made a “huge blunder” when they impugned and insulted Senate Republicans as they tried to make their case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
“One of the things you teach law students is that when you make arguments to juries, make sure you don’t insult the jury,” Turley told CBS News. “That is, you don’t want to make statements that make them feel stupid or ascribe any bad motivations to them.”
During the hearings, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) accused Republicans of participating in a “cover-up” when they voted not to call witnesses at the beginning of the trial.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) pointed out that in a normal Senate debate, Nadler’s words would have been stricken from the record because they impugned another Senator.
“I was stunned by Congressman Nadler’s approach,” Collins said. She then wrote a note to Supreme Court Justice John Roberts that led him to rebuke both sides and remind them to be civil.
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