Opinion | Mark Sidney | Soooo, President Trump is being accused of being corrupt for … asking Ukraine to investigate … wait for it … corruption. Welcome to 1984.
Finally, Trump’s legal team, lead by attorney Pat Cipollone has flipped the script on the Democrats and put them in the hot seat.
Diamond and Silk are reporting: ‘Trump’s lawyers have argued that Democrats are attempting “massive interference” in elections by seeking to remove Trump from the 2020 ballot for doing “absolutely nothing wrong.” Trump lawyers claimed that not only are Democrats asking the Senate to undo the results of the 2016 election, but also to tear up all ballots in the 2020 election with Trump’s name.
According to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, he says Democrats have no case and are doing damage to democracy by trying to undermine the will of American voters.
This mirrors what Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who serves as the Democrat impeachment manager, told MSNBC on Friday when claiming he wants to remove President Donald Trump from office “no matter what it takes.”
Cipollone told the Senate, “For all their talk about election interference, they’re here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history. And we can’t allow that to happen.”
“It would violate the sacred trust that the American people have placed in you and have placed in them,” Cipollone continued. “The American people decide elections. They have one coming up in nine months.”
The report added that Saturday was the first chance Trump’s lawyers had to refute the House’s case of impeachment. Their case is that there are no grounds to remove Trump from office.
Cipollone explained, “They’re asking you to do something that no Senate has ever done and they’re asking you to do it with no evidence. And that’s wrong,”’
Fox News reported:
Trump’s legal team went on offense by targeting the lead impeachment manager, Rep. Adam Schiff — first showing the Intelligence Committee chairman reading the essence of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky — and ripping Schiff’s rendition as “a fake.” They also showed contradictory videos of Schiff’s comments about the whistleblower, who opened up the Ukraine case.
“Adam Schiff got kneecapped,” Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla, told Fox News after the opening statements.
The fifth full day of impeachment trial proceedings began around 9:50 a.m. with a procession of the House managers and their aides wheeling the 28,578-page trial record to the Secretary of the Senate. The binders and files transported in carts will serve as the permeant historic record of the evidence against Trump. Democrats believe the record should have been thousands of pages longer if the White House hadn’t thwarted their attempts to get documents related to dealings with Ukraine.
Sekulow: We intend to show overwhelming evidence that the President did nothing wrong.
House managers, led by Schiff, have an upward climb of getting two-thirds of the Senate to convict Trump on the two articles of impeachment, especially when Democrats are in the minority with 47 seats and GOP senators have little political incentive to defy Trump, who remains extremely popular among his Republican base.
Instead of winning them over, Schiff and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., ticked off two key GOP swing voters this week with unforced errors on the Senate floor. Both Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska., said they were upset that Nadler accused Republicans of engaging in a “cover-up” for taking a “treacherous vote” to deny new witnesses. Nadler’s language and Cipollone’s lashing back that Nadler should be “embarrassed” prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to admonish both sides.
And Schiff brought up CBS News’ reporting Friday night that GOP senators were warned “your head will be on pike” if you vote against Trump. Republicans groaned at Schiff’s assertion and Collins, visibly agitated, shook her head on the Senate floor and loudly shot back at Schiff: “Not true!”
It’s about time the real corruption was exposed for all the world to see. I think it is high time we call ‘the whistle blower’, Adam Schiff and the Bidens to testify … what say you?
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