On Saturday, after the House impeachment managers announced their intention to call witnesses in the trial, former President Donald Trump's defense attorney Michael van der Veen threw a tantrum on the Senate floor, saying he wants to call 100 witnesses and interview each of them in his office in Philadelphia, and shouting in anger as senators laughed at him. His outraged rant was swiftly followed by a bipartisan vote to authorize new witness testimony.
Van der Veen's performance drew widespread mockery from commenters on social media, with some saying it was the most bizarre legal proceeding they had ever witnessed.
@bags @SethAbramson Maybe, he really does want to leave the case and is pissed because it's going to last longer.— YaffaDina (@YaffaDina) 1613231191.0
@2puplove @SethAbramson Really. Talk to your client about that, buddy, and stop whining— Maggie Boyle Wright (@Maggie Boyle Wright) 1613231523.0
This lawyer - van der Veen - is having a full-on meltdown. It’s painful to watch.— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig) 1613229518.0