House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that Trump and Giuliani are an ongoing clear and present danger to US elections.
Transcript of Chairman Schiff on CBS’s Face The Nation:
MARGARET BRENNAN: Well I- I know Republicans make the point that the aid was ultimately released. But I want to ask you, in your personal opinion, you have seen all of this evidence, are you actually not going to vote to impeach the president? Is there any chance that you wouldn’t vote to impeach the president?
REP. SCHIFF: Well, first of all, Margaret, they released the aid because they got caught, because a whistleblower blew the whistle, because Congress announced an investigation, and only thereafter, and almost immediately thereafter, were they forced to release the aide. So that’s not much of a defense: getting caught. But in terms of my own recommendations, look, I’m going to see what articles come out of the Judiciary Committee deliberations. I’ll make my views known at that time. But I will say this- this is precisely the kind of conduct the founders were most concerned about when they provided the remedy of impeachment. That is, that a president of the United States would abuse his power to seek foreign intervention in our affairs, and do so in a way that threatens the ordinary mechanism of removing a president. And that is an election. And you have all of those ingredients here. And what’s more, you have a president who is continuing in the malicious conduct out on the White House lawn, still saying he wants Ukraine to help him in the next election with these sham investigations, inviting other countries like China to do the same thing. Rudy Giuliani, even this week—
MARGARET BRENNAN: Yeah.
REP. SCHIFF: –is in Ukraine furthering this plot. And so, this is an ongoing, clear and present danger to the integrity of our elections and our own national security.
Rudy Giuliani is still going to Ukraine. Trump is still trying to find dirt on Joe Biden and continues to try to smear the former vice president with a baseless conspiracy theory. Trump isn’t going to stop unless the Senate convicts and removes him from office.
Chairman Schiff was right on the money. Trump, Giuliani, and their congressional Republican enablers are a threat to US elections and national security, and even if impeachment doesn’t result in Trump’s removal from office, it will shine a bright light on Trump’s dark schemes to rig the 2020 election.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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