Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) warned that President Donald Trump’s abuses will permanently corrupt U.S. democracy unless Congress acts to impeach him now.
The House Intelligence Committee chairman, who is overseeing the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, concluded his opening statement with a sharp attack on the White House chief of staff, who excused the president’s extortion scheme against Ukraine.
“The issue that we confront is the one posed by the president’s acting chief of staff (Mick Mulvaney), when he challenged Americans to ‘get over it,'” Schiff said. “If we find that the president of the United States abused his power and invited foreign interference in our elections, or if he sought to condition, coerce or extort or bribe an ally into conducting investigations to aid his re-election campaign and did so by withholding official acts, a White House meeting or hundreds millions of dollars of needed military aid, must we simply ‘get over it’?”
“Is this what Americans should expect from their president?” he continued. “If this is not impeachable conduct, what is? Does the oath of office itself requiring that our laws be faithfully executed, that our president defend a Constitution that balances the powers of its branches, setting ambition against ambition, so we become no monarchy, still have meaning? These are the questions we must ask and answer, without rancor, if we can, without delay, regardless, and without party favor and without prejudice if we are true to our responsibilities.”
Schiff cited the nation’s founders to call on his Republican colleagues to take the allegations against Trump seriously.
“Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of a country America was to become,” Schiff said. “A republic, he answered, if you can keep it. The fundamental issue raised by the impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump is, can we keep it?”
Will Michael Cohen be sent back to prison after being photographed at fancy NYC restaurant?
Former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who is currently furloughed from his prison sentence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was reportedly photographed at a fancy restaurant in Manhattan.
"Michael Cohen could soon be back to chowing down in a prison cafeteria," the NY Post reported Friday. "The recently sprung jailbird was caught by The Post dining out on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — and the meal may cost him his freedom, legal experts said Friday."
Alan Dershowitz trends nationwide with harsh criticism for ‘defending Ghislaine Maxwell’
Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz was roasted on Friday after writing a column the day after the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell.
The article, published by the right-wing website Spectator USA, was titled, "The Ghislaine Maxwell I know."
The Daily Beast characterized the column as "an impassioned defense of the British socialite that seemed to suggest he’s rooting for her."
‘Peter Navarro is a lunatic’: Trump advisor roasted for ‘insane’ MSNBC interview
White House advisor Peter Navarro was roasted on Friday after a bizarre interview on MSNBC where he pushed multiple conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic while attempting to deflect blame from the president.
Navarro serves as the director of trade and manufacturing policy and the National Defense Production Act policy coordinator.
Here's some of what people were saying about Navarro's interview with Ali Velshi: