They’re Not Behaving Like Legal professionals

Day one of many Senate’s impeachment trial of President Trump was marked by a debate between the Democratic managers and the President’s authorized group over the proposed guidelines for the proceedings. However as a substitute of simply reporting on the argument Trump’s authorized group was making, CBS correspondent Chip Reid determined to insert his personal editorial scorching take towards the attorneys.

After spending a lot of his Tuesday CBS Night Information report touting New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D), Reid slimed Trump’s authorized illustration by suggesting they weren’t behaving in a lawyerly style. In fact, that editorial comment got here full with edited soundbites:

PAT CIPOLLONE (President Trump’s authorized group): Partisan impeachment is like stealing an election.

REID: At occasions right now, the President’s authorized group sounded much less like attorneys and extra like President Trump in his indignant tweets.

JAY SEKULOW (President Trump’s authorized group): Why are we right here? Are we right here due to a telephone name?

CIPOLLONE: And it is outrageous. It is outrageous. And the American individuals will not stand for it, I will let you know that proper now.

There was really extra to that quote from Jay Sekulow. Fortunately, NBC Nightly Information really included it of their lower. “Why are we right here? Are we right here due to a telephone name? Or, are we right here earlier than this nice physique as a result of for the reason that President was sworn into workplace, there was a want to see him eliminated,” he declared.

 

 

NBC White Home correspondent Peter Alexander additionally supplied the right context by noting Trump’s authorized group was arguing that impeachment was a case of “partisan politics.”

Earlier than chiding Trump’s authorized group, Reid spent a lot of the report touting Senator Schumer. “Democratic chief Chuck Schumer lambasted Majority Chief Mitch McConnell’s plan the cram 24 hours of opening arguments for either side into simply two days, forcing a lot of the controversy to occur after midnight,” he mentioned.

“McConnell additionally gave in to a Democratic demand that each one impeachment proof compiled by the Home routinely turns into proof within the Senate trial, however Schumer shortly proved on to the most important struggle of all,” Reid boasted, talking about “whether or not there might be White Home paperwork and witnesses within the Senate trial…”

He then bragged that “Home managers joined the struggle” with this soundbite of California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren: “Not a single president has issued a blanket path to his administration to provide no paperwork and no witnesses.”

Little or no of Reid’s report was goal reporting. It sounded extra like a sports activities commentator touting his dwelling group whereas ripping the opposition.

The transcript is under, click on “increase” to learn:

CBS Night Information
January 21, 2020
6:32:07 p.m. Japanese

NORAH O’DONNELL: Good night. Thanks a lot for becoming a member of us. And as we come on the air tonight, the impeachment trial of President Trump is now underway. It has been a day of accusations and anger on the ground of the Senate. Democrats are charging the bulk chief, Mitch McConnell, with orchestrating a cover-up, saying he’s making an attempt to power senators to carry the trial late at evening when Individuals will not be watching.

Nicely, tonight, McConnell is turning into down after objections from a number of reasonable members of his personal get together. As Democrats proceed to push for witnesses to be allowed to testify. It has been a unprecedented day of public debate and behind-the-scenes maneuvering in a spot that likes to name itself the world’s biggest deliberative physique. Chip Reid leads off our protection tonight from Capitol Hill.

[Cuts to video]

CHIP REID: The impeachment debate started right now earlier than the Senate even convened.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): McConnell’s decision is nothing in need of a nationwide shame.

REID: Democratic chief Chuck Schumer lambasted Majority Chief Mitch McConnell’s plan the cram 24 hours of opening arguments for either side into simply two days, forcing a lot of the controversy to occur after midnight.

SCHUMER: He pushes the hours into the wee hours of the evening so the American individuals will not see them.

REID: However shortly after Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled within the trial, the Senate clerk stunned nearly everybody.

SENATE CLERK: For a time period not exceed 24 hours over as much as three session days.

REID: Sure, a brand new plan, three days as a substitute of two for either side. McConnell agreed to make the handwritten change after some Republicans, together with reasonable Susan Collins of Maine, expressed considerations. McConnell additionally gave in to a Democratic demand that each one impeachment proof compiled by the Home routinely turns into proof within the Senate trial, however Schumer shortly proved on to the most important struggle of all.

SCHUMER: I ship an modification to the desk to subpoena sure paperwork and data from the White Home.

REID: Whether or not there might be White Home paperwork and witnesses within the Senate trial, together with appearing White Home Chief of Workers Mick Mulvaney and former Nationwide Safety Adviser John Bolton. Home managers joined the struggle.

REP. ZOE LOFGREN (D-CA): Not a single president has issued a blanket path to his administration to provide no paperwork and no witnesses.

REID: Chuck Schumer misplaced on a party-line vote with Republicans arguing the time to think about witnesses and paperwork is after this week’s opening argument.

PAT CIPOLLONE (President Trump’s authorized group): Partisan impeachment is like stealing an election.

REID: At occasions right now, the President’s authorized group sounded much less like attorneys and extra like President Trump in his indignant tweets.

JAY SEKULOW (President Trump’s authorized group): Why are we right here? Are we right here due to a telephone name?

CIPOLLONE: And it is outrageous. It is outrageous. And the American individuals will not stand for it, I will let you know that proper now.

[Cuts back to live]

O’DONNELL: Becoming a member of us now could be Chip Reid who lined the Clinton impeachment trial, as nicely. So Chip, no telephones, no meals. How did these 100 senators fare right now?

REID: Nicely, it’s kind of like a university lecture corridor, a few of them are busily taking notes. A few of them look bored out of their minds. In the event that they’re hungry, by custom, one of many desks on the Senate flooring is crammed with sweet. And in the event that they’re thirsty, additionally by custom, we’re informed that solely two drinks are allowed on the senate flooring, water and milk. Norah.

O’DONNELL: All proper. Thanks, Chip.

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