WASHINGTON – Chief Justice John Roberts admonished both the House managers and the president’s counsel after a fiery back and forth during the debate over amendments to the resolution outlining the rules and format of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. 

“Those addressing the Senate should remember where they are,” Roberts told the panels amid an argument over whether former national security adviser John Bolton should be subpoenaed to testify before the Senate. Roberts reminded both sides to “use language conducive to civil discourse.”

The scolding came after the president’s legal team got into a heated back-and-forth with Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, who said if senators voted against subpoenaing Bolton they would be “part of the coverup.”

“Either you want the truth and you must permit the witnesses or you want a shameful cover-up. History will judge and so will the electorate,” Nadler argued.

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White House counsel Pat Cipollone shot back, calling for Nadler to apologize to the Senate, the president and “most of all, you owe an apology to the American people.”

“Mr. Nadler came up here and made false allegations against our team. He made false allegations against all of you. He accused you of a coverup, Cipollone said. “The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you for the way you’ve addressed this body. This is the United States Senate. You’re not in charge here.” 

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