It was by most accounts a much needed and overdue confrontation, by the White House team, to an otherwise predictable and boring impeachment marathon, when a usually reserved Pat Cipolline the White House Counsel to the President, calmly took to the floor of the Senate in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and began to methodically take apart the stout munchkin House impeachment manager Rep. Jerry Nadler.
The confrontation had been simmering throughout the start of the impeachment trial, with one Democratic House manager after another falsely accusing the President of bribery and outright corruption, and accusing the Senate of a willful cover-up, if they did not call witnesses, a responsibility under the Constitution tasked to the House of Representatives, and not the Senate.
However that didn’t stop Nadler from going off into a lengthy speech advocating for an amendment to subpoena former National Security Advisor John Bolton, a subpoena that Democrats had originally approved in the House, then for whatever reason decided to rescind, thus failing to have Bolton testify during their impeachment hearing.
The paunchy progressive perhaps realizing his ridicule request suddenly became animated with a barrage of disparaging and derogatory remarks directed directly at the White House counsel.
Shouting, “They lie, and lie, and lie, and lie,” he repeated.
Nadler continued his diatribe accusing the Trump team of “voting against the United States.”
That accusation by Nadler apparently struck a personal chord with Cipollini, who was scheduled to follow the New York legislator.
A composed and measured Cipolline quickly took to the podium and began carefully reading his prepared statement, glancing periodically at Nadler slumped in his chair.
“Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the Senate. We came here today to address the false case brought to you by the House managers. … We’ve been respectful of the Senate. We’ve made our arguments to you. And you don’t deserve, and we don’t deserve, what just happened. 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 ‘cover-up.” He’s been making false allegations against the President.
Turning to address Nadler, Cipollone concluded:
“The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you, for the way you addressed this body. This is the United States Senate. You’re not in charge here.”
Cipollone once again addressed the Bolton issue, and once again reminded anyone interested in the process, that Democrats controlled the agenda in the House, they were free as mandated by the Constitution to call any witnesses they wanted and they decided for whatever reason not to call Bolton
The 53-year-old attorney once again turned towards Nadler reminding him that he had once argued that a partisan impeachment would deprive the American people of their vote. “What happened, Mr. Nadler?” Cipollone asked.
“Mr. Nadler, you owe an apology to the President of the United States and his family. You owe an apology to the Senate. But most of all, you owe an apology to the American people.”
Co-counsel Jay Sekulow also stepped in and pounced on the beleaguered Democrat for calling executive privilege “nonsense,” and for arguing that “only guilty people try to hide evidence.”
Sekulow then admonished Nadler and his cohorts for damaging the institution stating, “To shred the Constitution on the floor of the Senate, to serve what purpose?” Sekulow said. “The Senate is not on trial. The Constitution does not allow what just took place.”
Nadler tried to respond, repeating a false claim that President Trump claimed “monarchical powers” under Article II of the U.S. Constitution, alleging Trump believed “I can do whatever I want.”
Nadler’s bogus claim is, of course, false, in that he purposely misquoted the reasoning why President Trump referenced Article II, in that the President had the power hypothetically speaking to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller if he so desired.