While other senators were throwing questions at the opponents, Warren decided to ask whether the chief justice has hurt the credibility of the Supreme Court by participating in a trial with no witnesses or evidence.
Per the rules of the Senate trial, Roberts had to read Warren’s question out loud:
“At a time when large majorities of Americans have lost faith in government, does the fact that the chief justice is presiding over an impeachment trial in which Republican senators have thus far refused to allow witnesses or evidence contribute to the loss of legitimacy of the chief justice, the Supreme Court and the Constitution?”
As one Twitter user noted, the look on his face after he read it was priceless.
Roberts let House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) respond to Warren’s query.
“I would not say that it contributes to a loss of confidence in the chief justice,” Schiff said, according to Mother Jones. “I think the chief justice has presided admirably.”
Many Twitter users were impressed that the Massachusetts senator went there, though some joked that it could have consequences.
Others thought the question was very savvy on Warren’s part since Roberts takes the image of the Supreme Court very seriously.