Schiff: ‘Actions Of Trump Gave Congress No Alternative’ | NBC News

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Published: 12/10/2019

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) explains the charges against President Trump in the articles of impeachment. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful...

The framers of the constitution recognized that someday a president might come to office who would abuse that office, betray the public trust and undermine national security to secure foreign help in his reelection and who would seek to abrogate the power of congress to hold him accountable? They recognized this danger and they prescribed a remedy, and that remedy is impeachment. It is an extraord ...
nary remedy and one that i've been reluctant to recommend until the actions of president trump gave congress no alternative. We stand here today because the president's continuing abuse of his power has left us. No choice to do nothing would make ourselves complicit in the president's abuse of his high office, the public trustand, our national security. The president's misconduct is as simple and as terrible as this president trump solicited a foreign nation, ukraine to publicly announce investigations into his opponent and a baseless conspiracy theory promoted by russia to help his reelection campaign. President trump abused the power of his office by conditioning two official acts to get ukraine to help his reelection, the release of hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid that nation desperately needed, and a white house meeting with an ally trying to fend off russian aggression. In so doing, he undermined our national security and jeopardized the integrity of our next election, and he does so still. The evidence of the president's misconduct is overwhelmingand uncontested and how could it not be when the president's own words on july 25th? I would like you to do us. A favor, though, lay so bare his intentions, his willingness to sacrifice the national security for his own personal interests and, when the president got caught, he committed his second in p. Chable act, obstruction of congress of the very ability to make sure that no one is above, not even the president of the united states. The evidence is every bit as strong that president trump has obstructed congress fully without precedent and without basis in law. If allowed to stand, it would decimate congress's ability to conduct oversight of this president or any other inthe future, leaving this president and those who follow to be free to be as corrupt, malfeasant or incompetent, as they would like, with no prospect of discovery or accountability.

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