Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) calmly took the podium on the floor of the people’s House. The Intelligence Committee Chair and spearpoint of the impeachment inquiry spoke to the nation about why the Democrats were impeaching Donald J. Trump.
He spoke eloquently, honestly, and powerfully. In very few words, he described how the president was currently trying to cheat in the next 2020 presidential election. Some references have hinted that Russia could be behind POTUS’ personally directed attorney Rudy Giuliani’s dirt-seeking sojourns to Ukraine.
Schiff spoke about the founders and questioned “Have we fallen prey to another evil:”
‘But we are not without a remedy prescribed by the founders for just these circumstances. Impeachment. The only question is will we use it? Or have we fallen prey to another evil that the founders forewarned, the elevation of party over country? Many of my colleagues appeared to have made their choice to protect the president, to enable him to be above the law, to empower this president to cheat again as long as it is in the service of their party and their power. They’ve made their choice.’
He continued, raising the issue of Trump “stonewalling every subpoena, every request for witnesses:”
‘Despite this president and the white house stonewalling every subpoena, every request for witnesses, and testimony from this co-equal branch of government, they have made their choice knowing that to allow this president to obstruct congress will empower him and any other president that follows to be as corrupt, as negligent, or as abusive of the power of the presidency as they choose. They have made their choice, and I believe they will rue the day that they did.’
Then the impeachment chair asked whether Trump had “preserved, protected, and defended the Constitution:”
‘When Donald J. Trump was sworn in on January 20th, 2017, he repeated these words. I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President Of The United States and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States. Has he lived up to that sacred obligation? Has he honored his oath of office? Has he preserved, protected, and defended the constitution of the United States?’
Schiff pointed out the “uncontested evidence:”
‘The uncontested evidence provides the simple yet tragic answer, he has not. In America, no one is above the law. Donald J. Trump sacrificed our national security in an effort to cheat in the next election. And for that and his continued efforts to seek foreign interference in our elections, he must be impeached.’
Schiff’s entire speech is included in this tweet:
‘Adam Schiff powerfully lays out the case that Trump has tried to cheat, and is trying to cheat, in the 2020 election.’
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) December 18, 2019
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