One of the lawyers on former President Trump’s impeachment defense team grew frustrated after senators began laughing at him during Saturday remarks when the attorney mispronounced “Philadelphia.”
Michael van der Veen addressed the Senate after Democrats revived debate on whether to call witnesses for Trump’s impeachment trial, including virtually over Zoom.
Trump’s attorney said that sworn testimony from leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Vice President Harris should only be done in person.
“A lot of depositions need to be happening,” he said. “None of these depositions should be done by Zoom.”
He continued, “We didn’t do this hearing by Zoom. These depositions should be done in person, in my office, in Philadelphia,” pronouncing the city as “Philly-delphia.”
Senators then broke out into laughter, seemingly in reaction to the pronunciation, as van der Veen continued, “That’s where they should be done.”