Schiff mauls Cipollone on impeachment trial’s first day ,White House counsel Pat Cipollone and a crew of several other lawyers for The president arrived for their first day of the trial,
He spoke in a halting voice and said little of substance, simply asserting that Trump “has done absolutely nothing wrong.” And then he sat down, yielding the floor to the lead House impeachment manager, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
But it quickly became apparent that Schiff was not there merely to argue about the rules; he also intended to take the Senate,
And the nation, on a 360-degree tour of the case for impeachment at a moment when public attention was at one of its highest points. Schiff warned the chamber that the assertion by Trump’s lawyers that he could not be impeached even if the House were able to prove its case “makes him a monarch,”
The very thing America’s founders wrote the Constitution to prevent against. “Our system of checks and balances will be broken. Our presidents will be accountable to no one” if the Senate does not conduct a fair trial that hears from witnesses and includes White House documents, Schiff said.
And Schiff appealed to the 53 Republican senators to go against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is aiming to prevent ,
The trial from hearing witness testimony and demanding White House documents until the trial is effectively over. “It’s completely backwards. Trial first, then evidence,” Schiff said. Later he referred to this process as “ass-backwards.”
“They say Leader McConnell is a very good vote counter. Nonetheless, I hope he is wrong,” Schiff said, referring to reports that McConnell had 51 Republican votes to approve rules that put off witnesses and documents until after ,