Watch: Impeachment Trial Erupts Into Chaos, Schumer Turns Off Camera’s So They Can ‘Work Things Out’

Things got so chaotic in the Senator during the impeachment trial that Schumer had to call a timeout, pause the trial, so they could “work things out.” 

House impeachment managers bit off more than they could chew and didn’t vet some of their “evidence.” Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) used a newspaper article to report that President Trump allegedly called Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) by accident during the incursion at the Capitol January 6th. 


Here’s what Cicilline said from the Senate floor:

Shortly after 2 p.m., as the siege was fully underway, then-President Trump made a call. This is the first call we are aware he made to anyone inside the Capitol during the attack. He didn’t call the Vice President to ask how he could help defend the Capitol. He didn’t call the next two in line of succession to the presidency to check on their safety or well-being. Instead, he attempted to call Sen. Tuberville. He dialed Sen. Lee by accident. As Sen. Lee describes it, he had just ended a prayer with his colleagues here in the Senate chamber. The phone rang. It was Donald Trump. How Sen. Lee explains it the phone call goes something like this: ‘Hey Tommy,’ Trump asks. Sen. Lee says, ‘this isn’t Tommy’ and he hands the phone to Sen. Tuberville. Sen. Lee then confirmed he stood by as Sen. Tuberville and President Trump spoke on the phone. On that call, Donald Trump reportedly asked Sen. Tuberville to make additional objections to the certification process. That’s why he called.

Lee disputed what Cicilline evidence and took to the floor to have have the claims stricken from the record.

Cicilline was making his claim about Lee based off a newspaper article and never took the time to actually investigate what occurred (that’s what happens when you rush to judgment). Oddly, Senator Leahy who is presiding over the trial because Chief Justice Roberts wanted nothing to do with this circus further inflamed the situation when he didn’t strike the claim from the record. Lee continued to protest and appealed the ruling and then sought the Senate to override Leahy. After a few moments the Senate started voting and a clerk began calling the roll of Senators to vote on Lee’s objection, Schumer then jumped in to stope the vote.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer used a motion to pause the Senate and had the camera’s turned off to “work this out.”

A few moments later the cameras were back and before the Senate Rep. jame Raskin – lead impeachment manager – sort of admitted Cicilline was wrong.

“The impeachment manager Mr. Cicilline correctly and accurately quoted a newspaper account which the distinguished senator has taken objection to, so we’re happy to withdraw it,” Raskin said.

“It’s not true,” Lee shouted, yelling over Raskin.

Raskin continued explaining why the House impeachment managers were willing to withdraw the comments attributed to Lee, a withdrawal he said was “on the grounds it is not true.”

“We’re going to withdraw it this evening without any prejudice about the ability to resubmit it if possible and then we can debate it if needed,” Raskin continued, adding as Lee shouted over him: “This is much ado about nothing because it is not in any way critical to our case.”

As Raskin left the podium, Lee shouted back: “Well, you’re not being cited as a witness, sir!”

Schumer then shut the trial down for the day.

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