Donald Trump’s legal professional Michael van der Veen sparked a second of laughter within the Senate chamber on Saturday when he instructed that witnesses in Trump’s second impeachment trial must give depositions in particular person, at his workplace in Philadelphia.
It didn’t assist that he pronounced it “Philly-delphia.”
“Nancy Pelosi’s deposition needs to be taken,” Van der Veen stated. “Vice President Harris’ deposition absolutely needs to be taken. And not by Zoom. None of these depositions should be done by Zoom. We didn’t do this hearing by Zoom. These depositions should be done in-person, in my office, in Philly-delphia.”
At that time, the room erupted in laughter.
“I don’t know how many civil lawyers are here, but that’s how it works, folks,” he stated, earlier than including, “I don’t know why you’re laughing.”
The legal professional’s feedback got here after House impeachment managers moved to subpoena witnesses within the trial following a report a few cellphone name between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Trump reportedly mocked McCarthy when — within the midst of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 — he referred to as the president and begged him to inform his supporters to cease.
Van der Veen referred to as for the trial to finish on Saturday with no witnesses, however then specified that if witnesses have been to be referred to as, he would need them to come back to his Philadelphia workplace.
The Senate finally voted 55-45 to name witnesses within the trial. Shortly afterward, nonetheless, the Senate agreed as an alternative to incorporate a written assertion from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), who had revealed the small print of the Trump-McCarthy name.
Historian Kevin Kruse identified on Twitter that when witnesses have been referred to as in Bill Clinton’s 1999 impeachment trial, a number of depositions occurred through video.
Others on Twitter have been extra targeted on Van der Veen’s distinctive pronunciation.
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