Scott on Senate trial: Time for Democrats to ‘sit down and shut up’

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WASHINGTON (WFLA) – The impeachment of President Donald Trump is now in the hands of the Republican-led Senate, and one Senator says it’s time for House Democrats to “sit down and shut up.”

Republican Sen. Rick Scott from Florida tweeted Thursday morning, just hours before he was sworn in as an impartial juror for the trial.

“House Democrats had their chance to prove their case,” he wrote. “They failed. It’s time for them to sit down and shut up.”

Scott, the former governor of Florida, attached a video clip to the tweet showing him appearing on Fox News.

“(Democrats are) trying to overturn the will of 127 million Americans,” he said in the tweet. “The Republican Senate won’t let them.”

House members marched across the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to officially bring the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate.

Wednesday’s ceremony was technically a notification of the articles being delivered. The formal presentation happened Thursday afternoon when the House managers met the Senate and read them the articles of impeachment.

Chief Justice John Roberts was then sworn in on Thursday afternoon. He, in turn, delivered the following oath to senators:

“Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God?”

All 100 senators signed an oath book to indicate they had taken that oath.

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