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What Is Pettifogging?

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The little-known word “pettifogging” was used during a 1905 impeachment trial of a judge.

This week, Chief Justice John Roberts used it again during the impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Roberts is the presiding officer of the trial. He did not say much during the trial’s first day.

Instead, the impeachment managers from the House of Representatives and the president’s lawyers argued about the charges against Trump.

Late at night, however, the arguments became heated.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat, wanted the Republican-controlled Senate to permit witnesses at the trial.

He told senators that a vote to deny witnesses was a “treacherous vote.” He added that it would be “a vote against an honest trial. A vote against the United States. ".

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