During a live broadcast on ABC News, host George Stephanopoulos made a “slit the throat” hand motion while reacting to President Donald Trump’s attorney who was defending the president against the impeachment accusations made in the Senate trial.
The incident happened on Thursday as President Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow outlined his defense for President Trump while speaking to reporters.
Sekulow strongly went against the House impeachment managers’ claims against President Trump, stating that he would present “multiple schools of thought” that will explain how the President did not “reach the level” of an impeachable offense.
“We will be putting on a vigorous defense of both facts, and rebutting what they’ve said,” Sekulow said. “Our job here is to defend the president, the office of the presidency and the Constitution.”
ABC News quickly cut from the footage of the interview to Stephanopoulos who was seen making a “slit the throat” hand motion.
Check out what the Pluralist reported:
During a live broadcast of Sekulow’s remarks, ABC News briefly cut back to Stephanopoulos, who could be seen making a motion with his hand across his neck.
The veteran news anchor and former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton was visibly embarrassed after realizing the cameras caught him performing the gesture.
Newsbuster executive editor Tim Graham, who uploaded footage of the moment to Twitter on Thursday, suggested Stephanopoulos’ “slit-the-throat ‘kill’ gesture” was a signal for ABC News to cut away from Sekulow’s remarks.
WATCH the clip below:
Members of the media like Stephanopoulos aren’t going to be too happy with the outcome of the impeachment trial considering Republicans appear to be sticking together.
On Wednesday, Republican Senator Rand Paul told The Washington Post that Senate Republicans are close to having the votes necessary to completely dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
“There are 45, with about five to eight wanting to hear a little more,” Paul said. The Senate needs 51 votes to completely dismiss the articles of impeachment. “I still would like to dismiss it, but there aren’t the votes to do it just yet.”
Paul continued by commenting on Rep. Adam Schiff’s involvement in the trial, stating that he is helping unify Republicans.
“I will push it at some point,” Paul said. “The more Adam Schiff speaks, the more we become unified.”
The Republican Senator also spoke out against the Democrats’ calls to have former National Security Adviser John Bolton testify in the Senate. “He’s a disgruntled employee with an ax to grind,” Paul said.
“Some people who have talked to him think he has an ax to grind, that he’s angry he was publicly fired by the president,” Paul added. “But he also has a history of believing in unlimited powers for the president. Which is the guiding light for John Bolton at this point? Axe to grind and books to sell? Or, be a player and say ‘even if I’m gone, he’s doing what I want on Iran and other things?’”
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