By PoliZette Staff | February 4, 2020
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) made his closing statements in Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial on Monday, and things took an odd turn when he claimed the president might end up selling Alaska to Russia if he is not impeached.
Schiff argued that if non-criminal acts are not impeachable, Trump would be able to sell off U.S. states to foreign powers, according to The Blaze.
The California Democrat slammed the argument that only criminal actions that meet the constitutional standards of “high crimes and misdemeanors” are impeachable, saying that if this were the case, “a whole range of utterly unacceptable conduct in a president would now beyond reach.”
“Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election, or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to go to war,” Schiff said. “Because those things are not necessarily criminal, this argument would allow that he could not be impeached for such abuses of power.”
SCHIFF says that if non-criminal actions aren’t impeachable, “Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election, or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country”pic.twitter.com/Qvg8c4nMHR
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) February 3, 2020
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This of course is not the first time that Schiff has tried to use a fictional narrative to take Trump down. Last year, Schiff created his own “parody” version of Trump’s infamous phone call with the Ukrainian president that he read out during a committee hearing, literally making up words that were said instead of truthfully reading out the transcript.
Schiff wasn’t the only Democrat to make odd arguments on Monday. Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) stated that only guilty people refuse to cooperate with investigations against them, which means that Trump must be guilty.
“Once he got caught, President Trump engaged in categorical and indiscriminate obstruction of any investigation into his wrongdoing,” Demings said. “He ordered every government agency and every official to defy the House’s impeachment inquiry. And he did so for a simple reason: To conceal evidence of his wrongdoing from Congress and the American people.”
“The president’s obstruction was unlawful and unprecedented, but it also confirmed his guilt,” she added. “Innocent people don’t try to hide every document and witness especially those that would clear them. That’s what guilty people do. That’s what guilty people do. Innocent people do everything they can to clear their name and provide evidence that shows that they are innocent.”
Rep. Val Demings: “The president’s obstruction was unlawful and unprecedented—but it also confirmed his guilt. Innocent people don’t try to hide every document and witness, especially those that could clear them. That’s what guilty people do.” https://t.co/lCrIAfTgkR pic.twitter.com/fD84NWrdGi
— ABC News (@ABC) February 3, 2020
Someone should remind Demings that we have a phrase called “innocent until proven guilty” in this country that is a staple of our legal system. The burden is on the prosecution to prove guilt, not on the defendant to prove innocence.
Schiff and his fellow Democrats failed to prove that Trump is guilty, and they can’t stand the fact that their efforts to impeach him are dead in the water. They can hurl as many outlandish accusations at Trump as they want to, but they are only making themselves look bad at this point. Democrats have wasted the time and taxpayer money, and most Americans see right through them.
This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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