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Sanders spars with Trump attorney during trial Q&A

Michael Van der Veen, an attorney for former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE, got into a verbal scuffle with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Progressives' majority delusions politically costly Sinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage 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 BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump 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 LeahySenate inches toward COVID-19 vote after marathon session COVID-19 relief debate stalls in Senate amid Democratic drama First Black secretary of Senate sworn in 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!"