Schiff's Impeachment Argument Cancels Itself

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Posted: Jan 22, 2020 11:00 AM
Schiff's Impeachment Argument Cancels Itself

Source: (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After more than 12 hours of debate and procedure Tuesday, the first full day of President Trump's impeachment trial finally concluded. In the early morning hours, Republican Senators voted to adopt Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's rules for the trial. 

Throughout the day House managers for the Democrats, including Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, repeatedly made the argument that the case against President Trump is so strong, he would surely be convicted in a court of law. Democrats repeatedly made this argument, despite failing to name a crime in the two articles of impeachment they voted to pass last month. 

But they also argued that Senators will fail to carry out their duties if they do not call additional witnesses or subpoena more documents from the executive branch to prove President Trump's guilt. 

By making both of these arguments at the same time, House managers cancel out both of them. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone made this point during debate yesterday. 

House Democrats are demanding the Senate do the job they failed to do and refused to use the courts to compel witnesses for testimony in the initial inquiry. 

Even Senate Democrats, like Hawaii's Mazie Hirono, are admitting a lack of thorough investigation from their colleagues in the lower chamber. 

You cannot argue a case is so strong President Trump is bound to be convicted, while also demanding you need additional information to prove your case. It's one or the other. As usual House Democrats, led by Adam Schiff, want to have it both ways.