Schiff Hammers President & GOP Over Impeachment Trial Obstruction


Although in a possible effort to distract from that fact, President Donald Trump recently launched an airstrike that killed a top Iranian general and thereby shoved the U.S. closer to further armed conflict — he remains impeached. Handling a trial covering the charges against him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress remains on the agenda. This weekend during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) hammered commitments from Senate Republicans to defend the president at all costs and insisted that House Dems would not abandon their demands for a fair trial.

Those fairness demands have included efforts to procure evidence and witnesses for the trial, including some figures whose testimonies have already been demanded but who the White House has blocked from appearing, like chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who’s now embroiled in the Iran debacle.

While advocating for a fair trial, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has delayed transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which has consequently delayed the actual start of an impeachment trial. That’s freaked out the president, but Schiff explains:

‘The desire is to get a commitment from the Senate that they’re going to have a fair trial — fair to the president, yes — but fair to the American people… One success that this has already had is flushing out McConnell, showing that he is working in cahoots with the president, that he has made himself an active participant in the president’s cover-up. I think the American people needed to see that, and now they do.’

It’s true — McConnell has brazenly insisted that he will be in “total coordination” with the White House in dealing with the impeachment trial, and he has also trumpeted the White House’s argument that the case should be swiftly dismissed without close examination.

Schiff went on to note that no matter the brazen refusal from Republican leaders for fairness at a trial, “Senators, both Democrats and Republicans, are having to go on the record and say, do we want witnesses? Do we want documents? Do we want the American people to see the evidence? Do we want a real trial — or do we want a cover-up?”

He added:

‘It’s my hope that, that pressure will result in a real trial fair to the American people as well as fair to the President.’


Democrats have to get four Republicans on their side to secure a majority in the Senate that would be able to approve provisions for a fair trial. A couple of moderates have already suggested they oppose McConnell’s plan; Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski said that she was “disturbed” by his behavior, and Maine’s Susan Collins said that she was open to witnesses.

Meanwhile, the president keeps dragging America further into harm’s way in what many fear may be an effort to distract from the impeachment proceedings. He has a documented tendency for projection, and years ago, he even directly alleged that then-President Barack Obama would attack Iran in an effort to garner domestic political support. Now, we have Trump posing that danger.