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House Democrats present impeachment case

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/23/20, 12:45 pm

WASHINGTON—House Democrats began making their case for impeachment on Wednesday before the 100 U.S. senators-turned-jurors. House impeachment managers have two more days to make opening arguments before White House lawyers get their turn.

What did the impeachment managers focus on? Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., took the lead and lectured longer than all the others, laying out the timeline of President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Schiff accused the president of a self-serving pressure campaign and argued he is the kind of dangerous executive the Founding Fathers believed should be removed from office. Schiff also pushed back against those who argue voters should decide Trump’s fate in November: “The president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.”

Dig deeper: Read the full text of Schiff’s opening arguments and read my report in The Stew about the important question eclipsed by the impeachment proceedings: Did the Bidens do something in Ukraine that merits investigating?

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Thu, 01/23/2020 05:44 pm

    Striking is the contrast with ongoing criminal investigations conducted by US Attorney John Durham, which the media does not appear to reference at all.  The Democrats are accusing Trump of activity they themselves are under investigation for, which may be argued to be more egregious. This imbalance suggests the media is integral in continuing to drive the impeachment saga. Using Schiff's logic could the Democratic Party be impeached?  Where is this hypocrisy being highlighted?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/24/2020 08:43 pm

    Just going to throw out a wild guess here:  to the Democrats, the “vote will be fairly won,” only if the Democrats win in November.

    If President Trump wins, the election will have been “stolen;” the election will not truly reflect the will of the people; Russian collusion/minority voter suppression/whatever-form-of-cheating-you-wish-to-name will have put the wrong person in the White House AGAIN. 

    In other words, 4 more years of the same screeching, whining, and obstructing by the left.

    One grows weary...