Abortion protester briefly interrupts impeachment trial

An abortion protester briefly interrupted the Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday.

The man appeared to try to burst into the public gallery overlooking the chamber before quickly being dragged out.

He could be overheard yelling for several minutes on the third floor of the Capitol a slew of abortion- and impeachment-related phrases, including “dismiss the charges,” “impeachment” and “abortion,” while also calling Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerManchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE (D-N.Y.) “the devil.”


The disruption came more than five hours after the impeachment trial started on Wednesday. House managers are currently making their arguments in support of convicting and removing Trump from office.

Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesMcCarthy jokes it'll be hard not to 'hit' Pelosi with gavel if he is Speaker Jeffries: 'Sick and cynical' for GOP to blame Pelosi for Jan. 6 Democrat unveils bill to allow only House members to serve as Speaker MORE (D-N.Y.) was speaking on the floor at the time, describing the July 25 phone call during which President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

Jeffries appeared to make a quip as the protester was removed, telling senators before turning to the description of the call, "And the scripture says for the Lord loves justice and will not abandon his faithful ones."

Chief Justice John Roberts then called for order: “There will be order. The sergeant-at-arms will restore order in the gallery.”

Corrects previous version of the story to note Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was speaking on the floor when the protester interrupted the trial.