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Adam Schiff stuns Senate, reveals Russia set to attack U.S. mainland (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 442.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine Adam Schiff’s stunning day two impeachment claim that “the United States aids Ukraine and her people so that we can fight Russia over there, and we don’t have to fight Russia here.”

Schiff later called for a congressional coup stating, “the president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.”


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Via Fox News…

House Democrats launched into lengthy arguments that broke little ground, if any, in President Trump’s impeachment trial Wednesday — as the head impeachment manager, California Rep. Adam Schiff, suggested that Russians could attack the U.S. and insisted that removing Trump from office was necessary because the integrity of the 2020 election could not be “assured.”

Trump’s lawyers sat by, waiting their turn, as the president blasted the proceedings from afar, threatening jokingly to face off with the Democrats by coming to “sit right in the front row and stare at their corrupt faces.”

The challenge before the House managers has been clear. Democrats were given 24 hours over three days to prosecute the charges against Trump, trying to win over not just fidgety senators sitting silently in the chamber but an American public, deeply divided over the president and his impeachment in an election year.

Most senators sat at their desks throughout the day, as the rules stipulated, though some stretched their legs, standing behind the desks or against the back wall of the chamber, passing the time. Visitors watched from the galleries, one briefly interrupting in protest.

Almost immediately after Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in Wednesday’s session, bored and weary senators started openly flouting some basic guidelines. The Associated Press reported that a Democrat in the back row leaned on his right arm, covered his eyes and stayed that way for nearly a half-hour, and some lawmakers openly snickered when Schiff said he’d speak for only 10 minutes.

“I do see the members moving and taking a break,” freshman Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., one of the House prosecutors, said mid-speech at the center podium. “I probably have another 15 minutes.”

“You just have to stretch and you just got to stand. Those chairs, they look nice, [but] they are not comfortable chairs,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a key swing-vote moderate, said of the restlessness while Schiff spoke.

The previous day of the trial lasted for more than 12 hours, and ended well past midnight on a testy note as Roberts admonished both sides for their conduct. On Wednesday, Murkowski slammed Democratic impeachment manager Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., for arguing the previous evening that senators who didn’t vote for immediate subpoenas were defying their oaths of office: “As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended,” Murkowski said.

Perhaps sensing the ennui in the chamber on Day 2 of the trial, Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sought to keep the stakes high. He suggested at one point that military aid to Ukraine was essential so the U.S. would not have to fight Russians at home, as soldiers did in the videogame “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.”

“As one witness put it during our impeachment inquiry, the United States aids Ukraine and her people so that we can fight Russia over there, and we don’t have to fight Russia here,” Schiff said, drawing rebukes from commentators across the political spectrum.

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Schiff attracted the most criticism, however, for later making the head-turning argument that Trump must be removed from office by the Senate — rather than by voters in the 2020 election — because it is impossible to be sure the 2020 election won’t be compromised.

“The president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won,” Schiff remarked. He did not elaborate.

Constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz, who will speak against impeachment, is expected to argue before the Senate that removing a president is a fundamentally undemocratic remedy that requires “criminal-like” conduct — a standard he will argue is not met by Democrats’ two articles of impeachment, which do not allege federal crimes.

But, both Republicans and left-of-center commentators didn’t wait long to deride Schiff’s incendiary arguments in more direct terms.

“And right here is proof of the Democrats’ plan all along,” Trump campaign director of communications Tim Murtaugh said in response. “Every moment of the impeachment sham has been geared toward interfering with the 2020 election. Schiff is preemptively calling into question the results of an election that is still more than 9 months away.”

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And during the proceedings, Trump retweeted a post from Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul: “The more we hear from Adam Schiff, the more the GOP is getting unified against this partisan charade.” Trump added, “True!”

Meanwhile, the Republican House leader, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, suggested during the day that Schiff should be censured by the House for constantly lying, including by apparently misrepresenting key documents from Lev Parnas, a Giuliani associate.

Schiff, though, was undeterred. Attempting to underscore the human cost of Trump’s temporary aid holdup, Schiff further asserted that the money was “designed to help Ukraine defend itself from the Kremlin’s aggression” and that “more than 15,000 Ukrainians have died fighting Russian forces and their proxies.”

Republicans erupted when Schiff made a similar argument during last year’s House impeachment probe. Trump’s lawyers were likely to fire back when it’s their turn to present arguments — in part because former President Obama provided less aid to Ukraine than the Trump administration has.

Additionally, Republicans have pointed out that the temporary lack of aid has not been directly linked to any casualties, and that the U.S. cannot reasonably be held responsible for the actions of Russian-backed militants in Ukraine.

Schiff also repeatedly made the false claim that White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had said people should “get over” the idea that Trump was tying foreign aid to political investigations. Mulvaney, in fact, had remarked only that politics and foreign policy sometimes overlap.

Schiff, who had previously claimed to have evidence that the Trump campaign secretly colluded with Russia, was outlining what the Democrats contended was the president’s “corrupt scheme” to abuse his presidential power and then obstruct Congress’ investigation.

He called on senators not to be “cynical” about politics, but to draw on the intent of the nation’s Founding Fathers who provided the remedy of impeachment.

“Over the coming days, we will present to you—and to the American people—the extensive evidence collected during the House’s impeachment inquiry into the president’s abuse of power,” Schiff argued. “You will hear their testimony at the same time as the American people. That is, if you will allow it.”

The proceedings were unfolding at the start of an election year, and there have been few signs that Republicans were interested in calling more witnesses or going beyond a fast-track assessment likely to bring a quick vote on charges related to Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Some Democrats sounded a note of concern that Republicans haven’t expressed much interest in crossing the aisle concerning witness and document requests. “I can only speak for myself: strikingly little,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said after the proceedings adjourned, when asked how much Republican outreach he has seen.

The trial has marked just the third time the Senate has weighed whether an American president should be removed from office. Democrats argued Trump abused his office by asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden while withholding crucial military aid, and also obstructed Congress by refusing to turn over documents or allow officials to testify in the House probe.

Republicans have defended Trump’s actions and cast the process as a politically motivated effort to weaken the president in the midst of his reelection campaign. Specifically, Republicans have pointed out that Ukrainian leaders said they felt no undue pressure; that the longstanding constitutional executive privilege shielded the White House from having to respond to comprehensive subpoenas; and that the Democrats’ case was based largely on hearsay.

Trump’s legal team also has argued that Democrats’ impeachment case couldn’t be as “open-and-shut” as advertised given the apparently urgent need for new evidence even after the House impeachment inquiry.

In any event, the White House has said Trump’s suggested probe into Biden was appropriate.

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Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
January 24, 2020

On October 23rd, 2018, Populist Media reported this nutty tweet from Schiff that basically supports what is being said about him in this video, including Schiif’s projection onto others of what he does himself: “Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D- California) who spearheads a public and nasty battle with President Donald J. Trump over Schiff’s whacky Russian Collusion conspiracy theories, taunted Republicans on Twitter and inadvertently posted what he believed to be sarcasm about the concerns of American voters.” Schiff’s tweet: “They are not poor refugees desperate to flee violence in Central America. They were sent by Democrats and George Soros.… Read more »

penrose
penrose
January 24, 2020

To call American Politics a circus is to defame the well run well executed circuses of the world.

True
True
Reply to  penrose
January 25, 2020

I’d say it’s more like a theme park roller coaster, taking one’s emotions on wild loop de loops of disgust, disdain, and outright laughter at its abject absurdity..

Even Better
Even Better
Reply to  True
January 26, 2020

House of Horrors.

Tjoe
Tjoe
January 24, 2020

Having testimony of Shokin will bring them to consciousness again.

What is the final count of Jews attacking Trump now….50%….60%?

Shifty looks full con man.

Remember people, we got the “war on terror” and demolitions to kick it off with the last impeachment. What are we NOT seeing going into motion now as we watch Trump “impeachment”? It was a coup by the first lady and her Israel, Saudi and NEOCON accomplices before….and it’s probably her again trying an open coup.

Verbotin Sociology
Verbotin Sociology
Reply to  Tjoe
January 26, 2020

That group of Jews is strange, to say the least. There’s the old ‘socialist-inclined’ Jews, like Sanders that aren’t all that keen on the russophobia on steroids thing, refusing to kow-tow to AIPAC and then there’s the converted former trotskyist neocon Jews that are in perpetual war with Russia. It’s a mini-civil war going on within their ranks, in addition to and overlapping the civil war going on within the Democratic Party and (not to overlook the bigger picture), the civil war going on between the two political parties themselves. America, a nation of civil wars projected onto the world’s… Read more »

Alexander Baron
January 24, 2020

As usual, Tucker has some hilarious commentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN9nUytRap4

TheDarkNation
TheDarkNation
Reply to  Alexander Baron
January 26, 2020

Fiddling while Rome burns. Well, at least he’s fiddling and not out setting fires like the rest of the journalist swamp pool.

penrose
penrose
January 24, 2020

I hope the Russian Army does not think they can use the extra rooms I have upstairs, or eat any of the food in my pantry unless it is absolutely necessary. And we keep the temperature at 68, so if that is too warm for them they need to take off those heavy coats and hats.

If they remain through the spring and summer I expect them to help with the gardening. I mean, I do have my limits.

oldandjaded
Reply to  penrose
January 24, 2020

Well, OBVIOUSLY they will come across the Alaskan panhandle, so they will get here first. I have a nice basement suite available, and we have RT on our satellite dish. Where do I post my ad?

Chief Stands_for_no_Bull
Chief Stands_for_no_Bull
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 26, 2020

Just like our mongolian horde forefathers of 10,000 years ago. I’m afraid Washington will be compelled to genociding us again.

A bed in some Asylum has Schiff on it
A bed in some Asylum has Schiff on it
Reply to  penrose
January 25, 2020

I hear Schiff wanted Alan Arkin to testify but Arkin reminded him that ‘The Russians are Coming’ was just a spoof. Schiff replied ‘I Like spoofs. My entire career was built on them’. But Arkin still passed on the invite.

Wesaf
Wesaf
Reply to  penrose
January 25, 2020

Have no fear Penrose every Russian Soldier spent the early spring doing his grandparents gardens and then home to mum and dad to do there’s,Your’s will be a snack.

Mike
Mike
Reply to  penrose
January 27, 2020

If Shiff could give at least one reason why Russian need to invade in the USA? With such territory and resources that Russia has, they do not need anything, and much less fight with a powerful, well-equipped army. By the way, you’re wrong about always cold temperature in Russia- this is an archaic stereotype. The range is from -58 °F in in Yakutia, in winter to 113.72 °F Kalmykia by the Caspian sea, in the summer.

f.h.fokkema
f.h.fokkema
January 24, 2020

Is there not a limit to what a person (Schiff) came twist and lie without being disqualified as being a true representative?
An impeachment against Schiff?

Game of Goebbels Clones
Game of Goebbels Clones
Reply to  f.h.fokkema
January 25, 2020

Not with the neocons in control of the MSM. Nothing short of a media pogrom would cure that blight on America.

oldandjaded
January 24, 2020

Good piece. As much as the ideologically blinkered refuse to see the truth, Trump is in a similar situation to Kennedy late in ’63, in that he is faced with enemies on both sides of the aisle, who are VERY MUCH aware that he really does constitute an existential threat to their system, and what has become their way of life. I think that he will survive the impeachment, it appears that the Republicans have “done a deal” based on a quick vote with no exposure of what’s really going on. Where we go from here is another question, I… Read more »

George
George
January 25, 2020

I agree with what you say about the Democrats and the stupidity of the charges about Russia. But, do you really mean that Donald Trump is not corrupt? That is hilarious! He cheated numerous people, never paid his contractors, had a phony university and went bankrupt five or six times. Also, he did have foundation which cheated and had to be disbanded.

oldandjaded
Reply to  George
January 25, 2020

Of course he’s “corrupt”. What does that have to do with impeachment? Or is it that you think Kennedy wasn’t “corrupt”? PLEASE tell me you aren’t suggesting that Schiff isn’t “corrupt”… I fail to see how whether Trumps business dealings were corrupt has any relevance whatsoever to either impeachment or his fitness as President….
Or are you are suggesting that his corruption is a job qualification? THAT I would agree with…

Criminiy Critters
Criminiy Critters
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 25, 2020

Wow, talk about unduly influencing elections. Remember how booze-runner Kennedy’s father worked a deal with the Mafia to get the union vote for JFK, which ironically, may ultimately have lead to his assassination.

That’s some serious corruption there, boys and girls. I liked Kennedy but man…..that’s a biggy.

Hoff(str)a University
Hoff(str)a University
Reply to  Criminiy Critters
January 26, 2020

Joe Biden learned his lesson. Never go against the mafia-controlled unions that helped elect you. Better to join them than scrutinize them.

“Book: Mafia Hit-Man & Teamster Boss Helped Joe Biden Become U.S. Senator”

Sheldon Adelson
Sheldon Adelson
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 26, 2020

He still owes me a heap of money.

Systematic Sewage
Systematic Sewage
Reply to  George
January 25, 2020

The whole bipartisan enchilada stinks from rot.

Janet
Janet
January 25, 2020

The Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot by allowing Adam Schiff — that bug-eyed fanatic — to be the face of their impeachment process. He’s a known liar, hysterical Russia hater, and McCarthy clone. This impeachment is a partisan farce and if CNN’s poll numbers showing that Americans want Trump impeached are correct, then the American people have not learned a single thing since WMDs.

Systematic Sewage
Systematic Sewage
Reply to  Janet
January 25, 2020

I like it. More power to Schiff, I say The more that lunatic raves on about Russia, the faster the moderately saner Dems ask themselves “My God, have we been sounding as bonkers as this clown these past years? Maybe it’s time to tone it down, more in line with reality before we’re all committed.”

ruca
ruca
January 25, 2020

I would bet that he is a pedophile.

Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil
Reply to  ruca
January 26, 2020

I would bet that’s the least of his afflictions.

ruca
ruca
Reply to  Dr. Phil
January 26, 2020

I think you may be correct.

Yankee Doodle
Yankee Doodle
January 26, 2020

Just started watching The Patriot again. Can’t help seeing the rebellion in America and in the Donbass as one and the same as I watch it. It IS an obvious analogy, after all. Schiff is a Redcoat. A Tory. A Traitor to America and all it once stood for.

PS: No reflection on the Brits here.

Unalienable Right to Self-Determination
Unalienable Right to Self-Determination
Reply to  Yankee Doodle
January 26, 2020

I think they’re more like the Green Mountain Boys that fought New York State for sovereignty. The Green Mountain Boys was a militia organization first established in the late 1760s in the territory between the British provinces of New York and New Hampshire, known as the New Hampshire Grants and later in 1775 as the Vermont Republic (which later became the state of Vermont). Headed by Ethan Allen and members of his extended family, it was instrumental in resisting New York’s attempts to control the territory, over which it had won de jure control in a territorial dispute with New… Read more »

Ian
Ian
January 26, 2020

Unworthy.

Richard Anderson
Richard Anderson
January 26, 2020

He is as crazy as he looks….

John Ellis
John Ellis
January 26, 2020

Adam Schiff calling American society so greed driven and gullible as to reject socialist Bernie Sanders for President by reelecting Trump, a prophecy sure to come true.

Never Forgive, Never Forget
Never Forgive, Never Forget
January 26, 2020

I remember (and will never forget) all of those hundreds of pics and youtube videos (now mostly deleted) of Donbass civilians splattered across the landscape from Kiev’s purposeful shelling and mortar fire on the civilian population.

Schiff is a supporter and apologist for genocidal war crimes. He, like so many others, disgusts me.

Pop goes the Weasel
Pop goes the Weasel
January 27, 2020

I’m thinking of setting bug eye’s head on a spring and stuffing it into a jack-in-the-box and selling it with a bat included on Amazon. Whenever the crank music plays ‘Russia’, his head pops out yelling ‘pop goes the weasel’. What y’all think it should sell for?

The Bobbing Bug-Eye
The Bobbing Bug-Eye
Reply to  Pop goes the Weasel
January 27, 2020

Maybe even better, a bobbing bug-eye head doll with Russia, Russia, Russia in bold letters for your car’s rear window shelf.

Mike
Mike
January 27, 2020

Typical case of paranoia. Shiff the follower of the sect James Forrestal-“Russians are coming!” Needs immediate psychiatric treatment.

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