George Washington University Law School’s Prof. Jonathan Turley noted that impeachment manager Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler made a “major blunder” by insulting senators
Turley said he teaches his law students not to do what Nadler had just done during the impeachment trial “when you make arguments to juries, make sure you don’t insult the jury. That is you don’t want to make statements and make them feel stupid or ascribe any bad motivations to them.”
Nadler accused Republican senators of participating in a “cover-up” after voting against amendments that would have allowed them to bring witnesses to the trial.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — a fellow moderate Republican — told reporters she took offense to the comments.
“As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended,” Murkowski said.
In an interview with reporters after the Tuesday night hearing on rules, Collins said she was “stunned” by Nadler’s accusation and revealed why she had sent the note to Roberts.
“Well, I was stunned by Congressman Nadler’s approach, and it reminded me that if we were in a normal debate in the Senate that the rule will be invoked to strike the words of the Senator, for imputing another Senator in this case, so I did write a note raising the issue of whether there had been a violation of the rules of the Senate, and I gave that note to Laura Dove, and well shortly thereafter the Chief Justice did admonish both sides and I was glad that he did,” Collins said, according to a transcript an aide provided to The Hill.