Schiff: Trump Could Give Alaska to Russia for Help Rigging Election if Not Impeached
Democrat claims president will exchange state for 'support in the election' from Russians
Democratic impeachment "manager" Adam Schiff has claimed that President Donald Trump could give Alaska to Russia in exchange for help rigging the next U.S. general election if he's not impeached.
Rep. Schiff (D-CA) issued the bizarre warning during his arguments before the Senate on Monday for President Trump's impeachment trial.
The anti-Trump Democrat also warned senators that, by not impeaching the president, he would be free to "move to Mar-a-Lago" and allow First Daughter Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, to "run the country."
Schiff disagreed with arguments from Trump’s lawyers, who showed that the president’s actions were not criminal and, therefore, not considered impeachable.
He warned that exonerating the president would set a precedent that would only encourage Trump to pursue “unacceptable” actions.
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“Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election,” Schiff warned.
“Or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago personally and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to go to war.”
Schiff warned Senate Republicans they would create a “runaway presidency” if they fail to remove him from office.
“We have known since the day we brought these charges that the bar to conviction requiring a full two-thirds of the Senate may be prohibitively high,” he said.
“And yet, the alternative is a runaway presidency and a nation whose elections are open to the highest bidder.”
Oh wow. @RepAdamSchiff is off his rocker.— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 3, 2020
Schiff: If Trump isn't removed he "could offer Alaska to Russia in exchange for support in the next election."
Schiff has lied so many times he believes his own apocalypse of lies. And it's... stunning to see.pic.twitter.com/Z8GXKiz024
Schiff’s fearmongering of fabricated consequences come as the impeachment case against Trump officially collapsed on Friday after the Senate declined to hear new witnesses testify at the trial.
A vote on the president’s acquittal is now expected to come on Wednesday, exonerating the president of the impeachment effort launched by the Democrats.
The GOP-led Senate voted 51-49 last week not to call any additional witnesses to provide testimony, despite House Democrats hoping to hear from individuals such as former national security adviser John Bolton, who said he would comply if he received a subpoena from the Senate.
Republicans cited the Democrat-controlled House’s failure to call Bolton and others, as well as their insistence that they already had enough evidence to support their case.
But while Democrats claimed that an acquittal would place the president above the law, deputy counsel to the president Patrick Philbin noted that "the House of Representatives is also not above the law."
Philbin described the beginnings of the impeachment inquiry, and how it strayed from established norms.
"In very significant and important respects they didn’t follow the law," Philbin said.
"From the outset, they began an impeachment inquiry here without a vote from the House, and therefore without lawful authority delegated to any committees to begin an impeachment inquiry against the president of the United States.
"That was unprecedented in our history."
"This was a purely partisan impeachment from the start," he added.