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Trump seizes on viral clip of Nadler giving final answer over Schiff

President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE on Friday seized on a viral clip of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse to consider anti-Asian hate crimes bill, protections for pregnant workers this month A historic moment to truly honor mothers Britney Spears to discuss conservatorship in court MORE (D-N.Y.), who appeared to catch impeachment manager colleague Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFree Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Trump backs Stefanik to replace Cheney Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama MORE (D-Calif.) by surprise when he stepped to the microphone to deliver a final answer to senators in the Senate impeachment trial.

"Jerry, Jerry, Jerry," Schiff could be heard saying as Nadler quickly walked past him to deliver the final answer from House impeachment managers for the night. 

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The moment was catnip for the president, who has repeatedly gone after Schiff and Democrats during his impeachment trial. 

"Nadler ripped final argument away from Schiff, thinks Shifty did a terrible job. They are fighting big time!" Trump tweeted as footage of the moment made its way around social media on Friday morning.

The moment came late Thursday at the end of a 16-hour period where senators posed questions to House managers and the president's defense team. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill Senate poised for all-day brawl over sweeping elections bill MORE (D-Minn.), who is running for president, asked a final question giving House managers the opportunity to "provide any other comments the senate would benefit from hearing before we adjourn for the evening."

Nadler is seen getting up from his seat and making his way to the microphone to give the closing statement, appearing to catch Schiff off guard. 

Members of the president's legal team and Senate staff visible on camera can be seen smiling as the scene unfolded.

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Spokespeople for Schiff and Nadler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nadler used the final remarks to reiterate the need for witnesses and dismiss Trump's defense as a series of distractions meant to divert attention from the question of whether the president abused his power in pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.

"The House managers have proved that question beyond any doubt," he said.

Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, led the House impeachment inquiry before it moved to a full vote, and he has served as the lead House manager throughout the trial, doing the bulk of the speaking in laying out the case against the president. 

Schiff delivered closing remarks during each of the three days of opening arguments for the House managers, making it even more surprising that Nadler would have the final word on Thursday.

Nadler's performance during the trial has irked Republican senators at times, with a few expressing indignation at his suggestion last week that the Senate would be complicit in a cover-up if they do not call witnesses.

Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderThe Republicans' deep dive into nativism Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - CDC news on gatherings a step toward normality MORE (R-Tenn.) said late Thursday he would not vote in favor of subpoenaing witnesses and additional documents, making it increasingly likely the trial will move to an acquittal vote later Friday.