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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerWhite House preparing to ask Congress for funds to combat coronavirus: report Schumer cites security, DHS ban in questioning TSA use of TikTok Russian interference reports rock Capitol Hill 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 JeffriesLawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts On The Money: Fed chief warns Congress on deficits | Trump blames Powell after Dow dips slightly | Trump withdraws nomination of former US attorney for Treasury post Jeffries: Trump budget is a 'declaration of war on the American dream' MORE (D-N.Y.) was speaking on the floor at the time, describing the July 25 phone call during which President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll 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.