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Schiff sounds alarm! Trump to ‘offer Alaska to Russians’ for 2020 election support (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 456.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Adam Schiff’s latest, bizarre claim during Monday closing arguments in the Senate impeachment trial, that US President Trump could ‘offer Alaska to the Russians’ in exchange for 2020 support.


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California Democrat Adam Schiff painted a doomsday scenario if President Donald Trump is not impeached, including an all-powerful dictator ruling from Mar-a-Lago, letting his son-in-law run America, and trading Alaska to Russia.

Schiff’s high fantasy came during the closing arguments of the Senate impeachment trial on Monday, after a series of procedural votes on Friday made it clear that Trump will not actually be convicted on charges brought on by the House of Representatives.

The president’s lawyers argued that Trump could not be impeached since he committed no criminal act in his talks with the president of Ukraine. Schiff shot back by saying “abuse of power” is impeachable and warning about all kinds of dangers America could face if Trump is not impeached – including losing Alaska to Russia and having Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kusher as a shadow president.

“If [abuse of power] were not impeachable then a whole range of unacceptable conduct in a president would be beyond reach,” argued Schiff. Trump “could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election,” or retire to Mar-a-Lago and let Kushner “run the country” and decide when to go to war, he added.

“Because those things are not necessarily criminal, this argument would allow that he could not be impeached for such abuses of power,” Schiff argued.

Schiff’s pitch to GOP senators was received with derision on the right.

“Adam Schiff making up fake scenarios again,” tweeted conservative commentator Carmine Sabia. “You know when you make up fake phone calls and fake scenarios? WHEN YOU HAVE NO CASE.”

Schiff had previously read a fake fake transcript of a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which he later defended as “parody.”

Conservative pundit Dan Bongino called Schiff a “total goofball” and an “embarrassment to sentient beings throughout the cosmos.” Others described Schiff as deluded or off his rocker and insane.”

On the left, however, Schiff’s impassioned fairy tale was praised as “one for the ages” (Rachel Maddow, MSNBC) and “amazing” (Michael Moore).

“I wish I disagreed with Adam Schiff’s warnings about the consequences [of] acquitting the president of his abuses,” tweeted Evan McMullin, a former CIA operative and failed NeverTrump presidential candidate who found a second career as a TV pundit.

NBC News Correspondent Heidi Przybyla tweeted she saw one Democrat senator “visibly choking up” after Schiff’s closing appeal.

The notion that Trump would hand Alaska over to Russia – from which the US purchased the territory in 1867 – seems to have come from a brief submitted by the House managers last month, arguing that Trump’s attorney Alan Dershowitz had noted that such conduct would not be impeachable in his 2018 book, ‘The Case Against Impeaching Trump.’

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oldandjaded
February 5, 2020

God I SO HOPE he does! Then we can build the long-awaited Russia/Canada rail link across the Bering Straight without US interference from the US, linking us DIRECTLY to belt and road! So YES Trump, YES, sell it back to the Russians!!!

Snow bunting
Snow bunting
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 5, 2020

Google informs me that the shortest distance across the straights would be 82 km. Even given the fact the sea is quite shallow that would be some feat. However, maybe, one day in the future when the World is a bit saner such a thing might be possible. ( Let’s hope so )

oldandjaded
Reply to  Snow bunting
February 5, 2020

This isn’t some pie in the sky fantasy I made up, its been seriously discussed.
https://russia-insider.com/en/business/china-russia-canada-america-train-tunnel-link/ri21879
Consider how being able to ship Alberta oil to China by rail would affect the Canadian economy and our position in the world?

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 5, 2020

Better let China build it though because Canada hasn’t a clue when it comes to rail. It can’t even manage to build a 13-station light rail line in its capital city. $2.2 billion dollars and counting, and it’s a total fiasco. They neglected to select trains that could run in wet and snowy weather, and the tunnel is leaking and smells strongly of sewer gas.

AMHants
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 6, 2020

Sounds like the same system we have in the UK. Cannot handle leaves in Autumn, snow in Winter, rain in Spring and sun in the Summer.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  AMHants
February 6, 2020

No western country can match Canada when it comes to a horrible rail service and really clunky old trains. Honestly, if you had a dose of travelling on Canadian trains you’d be completely cured of complaints about Britain’s. 🙂 Try this:
https://signalhfx.ca/standingstill/

BobValdez
BobValdez
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 6, 2020

Arsetralia can. Fancy new trains that are restricted to 60 km/h in temperatures over 32C because they overheat (regular occurence on the lines they are used on), single lines in regional areas and lousy, overpriced service.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  BobValdez
February 6, 2020

Canada has a lot of single track too, including in cities. Not only that but freight rail owns a lot of the tracks and freight trains take precedence. If a freight train arrives at a junction a couple of minutes before a passenger train, it doesn’t wait. This means that the passenger train has to crawl along behind the freight train. The distance between Toronto and Ottawa is about 350 km. A “fast” train with only one or two stops takes 4.5 hours but the trip can take 5.5 hours if there are more stops. I’ve been on “fast” trains… Read more »

bluedog
bluedog
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 6, 2020

Better clean up your government first for the inbred corruption and neo-nazi idea’s don’t fit in a sane world,!!

What a Canada of Worms
What a Canada of Worms
Reply to  bluedog
February 6, 2020

Freeland’s sort of like if Eisenhower had put Wernher von Braun on the ticket as VP, without the brains of course.

“I Like Ike and his Nazi VPs” on a big campaign button. Nice ring to it.

LOL
LOL
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 6, 2020

You’ll have to untie Uncle Sammy’s apron strings first.

oldandjaded
Reply to  LOL
February 6, 2020

You have it backwards, connecting to Russia and the belt and road is HOW you untie Sammy’s apron strings…
And Freeland hasn’t been foreign minister for three months now, she was replaced by someone who is committed to a better trade relationship with China and Russia, François Champagne.
https://theduran.mystagingwebsite.com/a-sea-change-for-canada-foreign-policy-as-freeland-is-replaced-by-a-pro-chinese-politico/
News seems to percolate down to moms basement pretty slowly.

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 6, 2020

I’ll add this as well, before some dumbass says she was “promoted”.
https://pm.gc.ca/en/mandate-letters/2019/12/13/deputy-prime-minister-and-minister-intergovernmental-affairs-mandate
Yes, that’s right, from Foreign Minister to dealing with inter-provincial trade, Indigenous affairs, womens rights and climate change. In other words, shuffled off where she can’t do any more damage. Next stop is the mailroom…

LOL
LOL
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 9, 2020

Indigenous neo-nazi ukrainian diaspora. How quaint. Maybe she’ll put them all on a reservation and send them blankets infected with coronavirus, commiting fratricide? Nah, the world should be so lucky.

LOL
LOL
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 9, 2020

So, I’ve know that for a while. She was upmoted. Nice move, Canada. You’re trying to upstage Trump’s daft appointments. It’ll never work.

James Hunter
James Hunter
Reply to  oldandjaded
April 9, 2020

Freeland’s grand-father was a Ukrainian NAZI. He wasn’t alone, as there were plenty of Nazis in Ukraine, and I would be surprised if there were none left. Canadian soldiers were sent secretly in Ukraine to train its military just in case they had to fight Russia… That Freeland is to keep an eye on as long as she’ll be an official important member of the Canadian government.

Who knows what will really happen to her policital carreer when stuttering Justin will finally, at last, be Justout!

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Snow bunting
February 5, 2020

China holds the record for the two longest sea bridges. The longest over water bridge, built in 2018 to last 120 years, measures 55 km long. Its main bridge is 30 km with two artificial islands built for the remaining 25 km. The bridge is able to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake, a super typhoon or a strike by a cargo vessel weighing 300,000 tonnes. China’s previously longest sea bridge of 42.5 km was built in 2011. In another couple of decades, China should be able to build one 82 km in length, and it might be able to use… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 5, 2020

This would also have become at least plausible if Trump had been permitted to build rapprochement with Russia like he wanted. But its a much harder “sell” under those circumstances, because as it presently stands, China does not have easy physical access to the Alberta tarsands oil, which means US is the only really viable outside market for it, and they don’t have any meaningful competition from China to push the price up. Of course the US would like to keep it that way. The Inter-mountain pipeline will go some of the way towards changing that, but a rail link… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 6, 2020

Wow, sometimes I should read my own stuff. This just jumped right out at me. IF (big if, but as it his last term, re-election is no longer an issue, I still hold out some small hope that he will go “full-metal jacket” on his policies in a second term) Trump builds rapprochement with Russia in 2021, and the Trans-mountain pipeline is built (that’s a given) the existence of the pipeline removes one of the central reasons (Chinese access to tarsands will be a fait accompli ) why it would be to US’s economic disadvantage to go along with the… Read more »

bluedog
bluedog
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 6, 2020

Lol WHY would China want to buy tar sand oil which is very pricey due to the added cost to refine it ,when they can buy sweet Iranian crude for the same price.!!

oldandjaded
Reply to  bluedog
February 6, 2020

They’ve been there for ten years already, you need to get out more…
https://www.macleans.ca/economy/business/our-chinese-oil-sands/

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  bluedog
February 6, 2020

Canada has wanted to build its own refinery in Alberta for some years now, but the US won’t allow it.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Cuckolds
The Royal Canadian Mounted Cuckolds
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 9, 2020

At your service, Yanks.

One good retort deserves another
One good retort deserves another
Reply to  bluedog
February 9, 2020

I hear the Canadian plan is to speed up global warming, so they can soften that nasty tar up for free, no retorts needed.

Sometimes I even amaze myself with my clever titles 😉

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 6, 2020

Actually, given the record of derailments resulting in oil spills in the US and Canada anyone with any sense would reject building a rail link for transporting oil between Canada and China.

https://www.riverkeeper.org/campaigns/river-ecology/crude-oil-transport/crude-oil-transportation-a-timeline-of-failure/#rail

https://theconversation.com/with-more-oil-to-be-shipped-by-rail-train-derailments-show-enduring-safety-gaps-112495

As for pipeline spills, watch the time lapse here:
https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/americas_dangerous_pipelines/

Despite all the oil spills from pipelines, rail is 4.5 times more likely to experience spills:

We should be working very hard towards leaving the stuff safely in the ground.

AMHants
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 6, 2020

Aren’t Russia building a bridge to China? Love the Kerch Strait Bridge the Russians designed and built, from Russia to Crimea, within 5 years (Road and rail). Just gotta love how the sanctions strengthened Russia, back in 2014.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 6, 2020

Canada is very good at train derailments. Yet another one has just occurred, this time near Guernsey, Saskatchewan. According to the RCMP, the train derailed about 6 a.m. CST near Guernsey, about 100 km southeast of Saskatoon, making this the SECOND derailment in the area in TWO months. Nice pics online showing black smoke billowing from the site. The previous derailment on December 9th involved a Canadian Pacific train hauling crude oil. The derailment sent 33 cars off the tracks spilling over one million litres of oil, and sparking a massive fire. Now imagine derailments happening on a bridge over… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 7, 2020

“A lot of oil is spilled from pipelines, but 4.5 times as much is spilled when it is shipped by rail.”

That’s interesting, I didn’t know that. But you still have to balance that out with the pollution generated by the ships themselves vs locomotives. Sea-going ships are INCREDIBLY dirty. I watched an interesting documentary on the externalized costs of the container shipping industry, but I can’t remember the name of it.

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 7, 2020

It was “Frieghtened”: The Real Cost of Shipping

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 7, 2020

Yes, they are filthy. Remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, March 24, 1989? The Valdez spilled more than 41 million litres of crude oil, and negative impacts from the spill are still felt, with only 13 of the 32 monitored wildlife populations, habitats and resource services injured in the spill listed as fully “recovered” or “very likely recovered”. As for pipelines, see a short time-lapse video on You Tube called “America’s dangerous pipelines”. It’s shocking to see the number of spills, injuries and deaths, and also the costs of property damage in just 28 years between 1986 and 2014.

Only in America
Only in America
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 9, 2020

I remember when they were building the Alaskan pipeline. They were caught faking the weld x-rays and had to redo umpteen thousands of them I think.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Cuckolds
The Royal Canadian Mounted Cuckolds
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 9, 2020

Bunker Buster

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
February 5, 2020

Schiff should be committed to an insane asylum? He’s already living in one. It’s called the United States of America. If there were sane asylums everywhere across the US they’d all be empty.

bluedog
bluedog
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 6, 2020

Amen brother.!!!

AMHants
February 6, 2020

Does Schiff know that Russia sold Alaska for $7.2 million, back in 1867, I believe. Might have got year wrong. Is it true, ship carrying gold for payment sunk and Russia never received the funds?

oldandjaded
Reply to  AMHants
February 6, 2020

Hahaha, maybe they will repossess it?

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  AMHants
February 6, 2020

From a March 30 2017 NY TImes article entitled “150 Years After Sale of Alaska, Some Russians Have Second Thoughts”:

“Theories even abound that Russia got stiffed; that the gold used to pay for the sale sank on a ship; or that robbers seized the gold. (One scholar, Aleksandr Petrov of Moscow State University, refuted those theories by tracking down a document showing that nearly all of the money went to build railroads.)”

Haha. The US leopard’s spots don’t change.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Cuckolds
The Royal Canadian Mounted Cuckolds
Reply to  AMHants
February 9, 2020

It went to pay off in part a large Russian debt to the Rothschild Bank. I know it sounds well, you know… but it’s actually true.

oldandjaded
February 6, 2020
Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 7, 2020

Haha. Those “Russia-did-it” people are beyond ridiculous.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Cuckolds
The Royal Canadian Mounted Cuckolds
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 9, 2020

Bite your tongue. These are the esteemed idiots that run America, duly elected and everything.

Yankee Doodle's Maxim of the Day
Yankee Doodle's Maxim of the Day
Reply to  The Royal Canadian Mounted Cuckolds
February 9, 2020

“A country deserves the idiots it elects to run it”.

But what did I do wrong?

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  The Royal Canadian Mounted Cuckolds
February 10, 2020

MAGA: Morons Are Governing America

Only in America
Only in America
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 9, 2020

Well, the guy who founded Acronym was also that ‘New Knowledge’ guy involved in creating the phony Russian bots messing with the Alabama election, then intercepting them and crying ‘Eureka’……..so there is some ‘Russian’ connection there after all.

No Shif, Sherlock
No Shif, Sherlock
February 6, 2020

Schiff belongs in a locked rubber room. Maybe Trump does too but Schiff? For sure.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  No Shif, Sherlock
February 6, 2020

Might be better to install a big rubber wall around the Washington HQ and keep the lot of them locked inside.

I'm rubber and they're goo
I'm rubber and they're goo
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 9, 2020

Better yet; a big water-filled rubber ball & drown ’em all.

gwynn oneill
February 6, 2020

I disagree: I heard Adam Schiff speak of the offer of Alaska as something Trump might want to do. I did not hear him say Trump planned on doing it. Schiff’s speech: Just more crazy manipulation, nothing new.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  gwynn oneill
February 6, 2020

It doesn’t alter the fact that Schiff said it. People might well believe it since it wasn’t so long ago that Trump was contemplating buying Greenland, and not for the first time. Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, said that Greenland was not for sale, calling Trump’s idea of buying the self-governed Danish territory “an absurd discussion”. Trump had a hissy fit, called her “nasty”, and cancelled his trip to Denmark.

Dipshits are Red and Dumbasses are Blue
Dipshits are Red and Dumbasses are Blue
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 9, 2020

The country’s run by equal opportunity hissy fits.

Only in America
Only in America
Reply to  gwynn oneill
February 9, 2020

Schiff the Zionist just knows the inner workings of Netanyahoo’s mind. He knows he’ll be whispering in Trump’s ear….’offer Russia Alaska in exchange for not fighting our annexation of Syria and Lebanon.’

Tjoe
Tjoe
February 6, 2020

The problem with Shifty is that he uses the wrong standard. He points to the Trump behavior in isolation while ignoring the well proven facts about Joe making Shokin get fired when Shokin wouldn’t stop the prosecution of Burisma’s owner, Hunters boss. Trump is right to investigate and prosecute. The standard should be “truth”….like with slander and libel. Did Trump ask or demand that anything be made up or fabricated, like the DNC Hillary people against him? Don’t think so. It doesn’t take a Russian to see Joe Biden set his his son and sons associates up to launder the… Read more »

Farmer in the Dell
Farmer in the Dell
Reply to  Tjoe
February 9, 2020

Oh, your attempts to dissect a pile of steaming manure is admirable but nonetheless, fraught with uselessness. Leave it to the historians when it’s all turned to radioactive coprolites.

Shifty has no standards, it’s all fudged. There’s the rub.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Tjoe
February 10, 2020

Maybe Ukraine “paid it forward” when it allowed the US to fly 42.3 tonnes of its gold reserves to NYC in March 2014.

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