Nadler calls Trump a 'dictator' on Senate floor

Nadler calls Trump a 'dictator' on Senate floor
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On the fourth day of the Senate impeachment proceedings, Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerAndrew Cuomo attorney says AG investigation was 'shoddy,' outcome was 'predetermined' Democrats quietly explore barring Trump from office over Jan. 6  The Memo: Nation's racial reckoning plays out in 2021's big trials MORE (D-N.Y.) said Trump is a “dictator [who] must be removed from office.”

“He wants to be all powerful,” Nadler said. “He doesn’t want to have to respect the Congress, he does not have to respect the representatives of the will of the people." 

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"Only his will goes,” Nadler added. “He is a dictator. This must not stand and that is another reason he must be removed from office."

Earlier this week Nadler struck a nerve with Senate Republicans after accusing the Republican members who voted against bringing in additional witnesses to the trial of being part of a “cover-up.”

After his comments, several Republican senators, including key moderates Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann Murkowski​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret Collins'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities More than 30 million families to lose child tax credit checks starting this weekend MORE (R-Maine), said they were “offended” and “stunned” by Nadler's comments.

Democrats have until Friday evening to make their case to Republican senators. Starting on Saturday, Trump’s legal defense team will begin presenting its case to the Senate.