Sanders spars with Trump attorney during trial Q&A

Michael Van der Veen, an attorney for former President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE, got into a verbal scuffle with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Manchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor MORE (I-Vt.), after the progressive lawmaker asked him during Friday's impeachment trial question-and-answer session if he believes Trump won the 2020 election.

Sanders submitted a question noting that the House impeachment managers have claimed that Trump was carrying out a "big lie," repeatedly stating that he actually won the election instead of now-President BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE.

Sanders asked, "Are the prosecutors right when they claim that Trump was telling a big lie, or in your judgment did Trump actually win the election?"

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Van der Veen appeared annoyed by the question and he ultimately did not answer it.

"My judgment? Who asked that?" he asked, turning toward the Democratic side of the chamber.

Sanders yelled back: "I did."

"My judgment is irrelevant," Van der Veen replied.

His response sparked jeers from senators, leading Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyPhotos of the Week: Renewable energy, gymnast testimonies and a Met Gala dress Senators denounce protest staged outside home of Justice Kavanaugh Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' MORE (D-Vt.) to interrupt and remind senators that they can't challenge the response offered by Trump's team or the House impeachment managers.

Sanders was overheard by reporters in the chamber yelling back to Van der Veen, "You represent the president of the United States!"