Schiff, Nadler impeachment tension spills out during trial

Roll Call | 1/22/2020 | Todd Ruger
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The first question at Wednesday’s news conference with House impeachment managers was directed at Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat whose Senate presentation helped prompt a rebuke from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and a flood of criticism from Republican senators.

Nadler appeared to take a half step toward the podium as Rep. Adam B. Schiff cut off the CNN reporter. “I’m going to respond to the questions,” the California Democrat and lead impeachment manager said, then turned to call on another reporter for a question on a different topic. Nadler was silent.

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The exchange was one of a few moments that hint at some internal discord among House managers about the best way to present their case for impeaching President Donald Trump to the Senate as well as the American people — and how to stay on that message.

The rhetorical and stylistic differences, and at times tension, between Schiff and Nadler have been on display since September. Speaker Nancy Pelosi picked Schiff, the Intelligence Committee chairman, to lead the impeachment inquiry over Nadler, the chairman of the Judiciary panel that has sole jurisdiction over drafting impeachment articles.

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She later picked the former federal prosecutor to lead the impeachment team.

Now, Nadler's misstep on the Senate floor in the wee hours Wednesday morning provided Republicans with a new line of attack, and allowed them to avoid questions about votes against witnesses and new evidence during the trial.

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“I can tell you there was open gasping on the Senate floor when Nadler was saying those things,” Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley told the media. “If the goal was to persuade, they took a huge step back.”

The first sign of the chairmen’s different approaches to the impeachment trial emerged at the House team’s news conference Tuesday, just a few minutes before the trial started.


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