Today marks day one of the impeachment trial against Donald J. Trump, and Republicans are hard at work doing their best to downplay or mock the facts of the case already. Adam Schiff’s opening statements has the internet abuzz with people excited and floored to be living in such a historically pivotal time for America.
Twitter is exploding with comments after Schiff said this in his opening statement:
“It is the president’s apparent belief that, under Article 2, he can do anything he wants, no matter how corrupt. And yet, when the Founders wrote this clause, they had this type of conduct in mind, conduct that abuses the power of office for his personal benefit, that undermines our national security, that invites foreign interference in our democratic process of an election. It is the trifecta of constitutional misconduct justifying our impeachment.”
“The harm is this: You will not have any of the evidence the president continues to conceal throughout most or all of the trial.”
Check out the video below:
Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow then gave the defense’s opening statement, during which many people saw nothing more than amateur hour. A bunch of ignoramuses sitting at the big boy table, trying their best to play with the heavy-hitters.
Sekulow said this:
Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for President Trump, criticizes lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff and calls on senators to approve the impeachment resolution that sets up the rules for the Senate trial https://t.co/C7AyPvvSTr pic.twitter.com/ekIrRfPRKH
— ABC News (@ABC) January 21, 2020
Sekulow, of course, is lying in claiming the Mueller report found "no obstruction." To the contrary, it found multiple instances where all statutory elements were met but declined to explicitly accuse the president.
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) January 21, 2020
Many people are even questioning how someone who was just found to be involved in the Ukraine scandal, for which the president was impeached, could be allowed to deliver the opening statements for the defense in said impeachment trial:
How is Jay Sekulow going to serve on @realDonaldTrump’s impeachment legal team when texts between Lev Parnas and Rudy Giuliani, just published on the House Intelligence Committee website, show that he too is involved in the Ukraine scandal?https://t.co/ESzOs6CraA
— Alexandra Chalupa (@AlexandraChalup) January 14, 2020
The internet’s reaction is of course mixed, but the majority of people on Twitter seem to be saying the same thing. Schiff hit this one out of the park. Check out the top comments from Twitter below:
Schiff is playing videos of Trump saying he wants witnesses to testify as part of his opening statement for the removal trial. Using Trump’s own words against him. Awesome. #TrumpsRemovalTrial
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 21, 2020
Schiff is so good. Using this time to basically make an opening statement is genius. It's what I'd do and what any seasoned litigator would do. There's no point wasting time debating a "rules" question that McConnell has already fully cooked. Schiff is hitting the ground running.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 21, 2020
Jay Seculow just accused Schiff of “putting words into transcripts which do not exist.”
This is a lie.
Why is unelected Sekulow giving an opening statement?
— ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@ObiterDictum101) January 21, 2020
Cipollone just said the Dem's case is so weak, "they aren't even willing to make an opening statement."
What did he think Schiff was doing for an hour up there?
— C. Edward Bayless ☘️ Unstable Genius (- genius) 🌊 (@AdjunctDespot) January 21, 2020
In his opening statement, House Manager Adam Schiff presented a case for the truth to be presented in the impeachment of Trump.
Trump's attorneys Sekulow and Cipolone are not presenting a case for Trump but instead they are attacking Schiff.
What a weak case so far for Trump!
— Steve Olguin (@srolguin) January 21, 2020
Wow, Schiff's opening statement here, long as it is, is incredible in comparison to the short and shitty opening statement by the Defense Counsel.
He knows the GOP will vote to delay on the calling of witnesses and evidence (perhaps permanently) and he is rubbing their face in
— Alex Dunn (@AxeloftheKey) January 21, 2020
Adam Schiff did his homework. His opening statement was at such a high level of articulation and comprehension that warrants
consideration by all who sit in judgement. The Trump defense team is a joke! I am embarrassed for them. https://t.co/SfSR6hZ8MJ
— Caroline clarke (@Carolin90028480) January 21, 2020
Adam Schiff presents an impressive opening statement. That's the advantage of having a party that doesn't reject science, logic, and education.
— JRehling (@JRehling) January 21, 2020
Schiff's opening statement is masterful. It will not matter, but no one with even half a wit (and that covers most in question) could listen and not understand the power of his argument.
— Jeff Timmer (@jefftimmer) January 21, 2020
I agree. Schiff’s masterful opening statement is excellent, telling the story, as a good prosecutor should, in a sober, measured, matter-of-fact manner, using words like “hide,” “dangerous misconduct,” “nonsense,” “violated the law.”
— Richard G (@RichardGeduldig) January 21, 2020
GOP: no, we don’t want to see any evidence.
Schiff: Hold my beer. Let me just present it all in my opening statement.
— swan (@wabisabi89) January 21, 2020
— Exhausted Too (@exhaustedtoo) January 21, 2020
What Adam Schiff did today was in a word: Masterful. He used an argument on a simple motion about rules into an opening statement that convicted Trump complete with damning video clips of Trump. Trump's lawyers were not ready for this. #ImpeachmentTrial #TrumpsRemovalTrial
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 21, 2020
Schiff made a great opening statement. World renowned drummer/guitarist Jay Sekulow is riffing. But all his licks are the same. It's really boring to hear the same lies being used as talking points. GOP is going to fail.
— Ian Stark aka stank (@IanStar91251313) January 21, 2020