Nadler’s Folly

Washington Free Beacon | 1/23/2020 | Matthew Continetti
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Jerry Nadler must have missed the day in law school where they teach you about persuasion. The House Democrat made a critical error early in the trial of President Trump. He didn't just say that Republican senators, who voted to begin the proceedings without calling witnesses, were part of a cover up. He said they had committed treason: "So far, I'm sad to say, I see a lot of senators voting for a coverup. Voting to deny witnesses and obviously a treacherous vote. A vote against honest consideration of the evidence against the president. A vote against an honest trial. A vote against the United States."

Easy, Tiger. All Republicans did was follow the precedent of the Clinton trial. They also admitted the House evidence into the record. The vote on witnesses will arrive next week. Hysterical accusations of national betrayal won't win the Democrats any converts. When Trump counsel Pat Cipollone said Nadler should feel embarrassed after insulting 53 U.S. senators, Chief Justice Roberts intervened to "admonish the House managers and the president's counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body." Roberts played it safe. He rebuked both sides. Nadler, though, was the reason he intervened.

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Roberts had company. Nadler's comments also bothered Lisa Murkowski, who said his accusation was "offensive." Susan Collins put out a similar statement. Murkowski went further, saying she was puzzled the House didn't go to court to force testimony from administration officials. "The House made the decision that they didn't want to slow things down by having to go through the courts," she said. "And yet now they're basically saying you guys gotta go through the courts. We didn't, but we need you to." Why, it's almost as if the Democrats are out for political gain rather than justice.

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