“If you want to use a piece of evidence from a deposition or a tape, make sure that other parts of the tape do not destroy the parts that you used.”
That was Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsay Graham, speaking with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES after a spectacular Saturday morning take-down by Trump’s attorneys of the House impeachment managers. Even though President Trump had been prohibited from having his own witnesses (or even one attorney) in the “inquiry” and House Republicans couldn’t ask questions unapproved by Schiff, Trump’s attorneys showed how information gathered by the managers themselves –- including testimony from their own witnesses –- hidden during their Senate presentation, destroyed their case for impeachment.
Trump’s lawyers were masterful, and just warming up for the longer session Monday. They showed why these House representatives, with all their misrepresentation of fact, would more aptly be called “misrepresentatives.” If you didn’t watch because you’re sick of the whole mess, you really should go back and watch it. Unlike the Democrats’ excruciating, embarrassing, insulting, monotonous, endlessly repetitious 22-hour lie-fest, this is fabulous and runs only about two hours. And whatever you do, don’t miss Monday.
I’m not a lawyer, but it sure seems that in a real court of law, Schiff and Nadler would be disbarred for their manipulation of evidence. They were, in effect, lying to the jury. Nadler not only called the President a “dictator,” he offended senators by accusing them of participating in “the cover-up” if they didn’t vote to convict. I realize there are numerous sleazebag attorneys alive and well and trying cases in courtrooms throughout America (for example, those prosecuting Michael Flynn) but, given the importance of this case, these two snakes belong at the very top of the list of those who disgrace their profession. They validate every lawyer joke in the book --- though what they’re doing to justice and the Constitution is no joke.
Saturday, Trump’s lawyers destroyed the managers’ assertion that Trump cared only about “getting” Joe Biden before the 2020 election, not Ukraine corruption. Evidence deliberately edited out of the managers’ presentation proves that Trump was indeed concerned with addressing corruption and also seeing European countries doing more of the heavy lifting on funding Ukraine’s defense.
They also decimated the claim that Trump had conditioned a White House meeting with President Zelensky at the White House on Ukraine’s investigation of the Bidens, or at least an announcement of such. No announcement or investigation of the Bidens happened, yet Zelensky had his meeting. It was Zelensky who suggested another location, Poland. There were logistical reasons –- a HURRICANE, okay? –- for Trump not going to Poland on September 1 as planned, though the Vice President was able to go. Zelensky met Trump later in New York, and this was evidently fine with Zelensky.
Trump’s attorneys did what supporters had hoped they’d do: they played video of Schiff on the House floor doing what he later called his “parody” of Trump on the call –- talking like a mafioso practically threatening to break Zelensky’s thumbs if he didn’t cooperate. A total lie. Obviously he’d assumed Trump wouldn’t release the transcript, which turned out to contain nothing that wasn’t perfectly respectful and even kind. Trump didn’t ask Zelensky to “do ME a favor” at all. Point by point, Trump’s attorneys dismantled the managers’ –- and also, importantly, the “whistleblower’s” –- characterization of that call. House managers should be ashamed of themselves, but they’re not.
Even though the House’s case was killed deader than a doornail, Trump’s attorneys on Monday will embalm it, dig a grave 30 feet down, throw the case in, fill up the hole, stomp all over it, and plant pretty little flowers on top. Of course, Schiff will still insist on more witnesses; that’s probably why they, weirdly, mentioned the Bidens about 3 million times on their last day of arguments, to MANEUVER Republicans into calling Hunter Biden so they could start calling witnesses themselves. House managers would prefer to draw out their suffering, hoping for a turn in the case, rather than end it quickly.
If Trump’s attorneys want to stop managers from calling witnesses and turning this whole sham into months of chaos that interfere with the 2020 election more than Vladimir Putin or anyone else could ever hope, all they have to do is state that #1 on their list is NOT Hunter Biden but Eric Ciaramella (“the whistleblower”). #2: Adam Schiff.
Jonathan Turley suggested this to House managers: negotiate to drop Article II –- “obstruction of Congress” –- in exchange for being allowed to call one witness per side (John Bolton, Hunter Biden). But if I can see through this, I’m sure Trump’s magnificent team has. Yes, voting on this would require senators to go on record opposing House Democrats’ abuse of power, but Article II is D.O.A. anyway, ridiculous on its face. Managers would just focus harder on Article I. Senate Democrats would say they dropped Article II because that was the only way they could get more witnesses.
Also, this would lengthen the process, as Bolton would be subpoenaed and Trump would have to cite executive privilege. It would slow everything down and crack the door for bringing in more witnesses. And Hunter’s not worth it; he’d probably take the Fifth anyway. The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the Bidens after this is over. In my Saturday evening edition, I linked to Turley’s entire commentary; in case you didn’t see it...
As superfluous as witnesses are at this point, there’s one last piece of evidence that Schiff hasn’t released, and it does relate to the “whistleblower.” This is the 179-page transcript of testimony from Intel Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who received the complaint from (I’ll say it) Eric Ciaramella and chose to pass it on. As Rep. John Ratcliffe noted on Sunday, though managers referred on the Senate floor to “17 witnesses,” there were really 18, and Atkinson is the one they’re omitting.
Atkinson was the second witness interviewed in the House. Ratcliffe was in the room. He said this: “You can bet that if that transcript was helpful to Adam Schiff and the Democrats and harmful to President Trump, everyone would have seen it by now. But instead, it’s just the opposite. It’s the one transcript that talks about Adam Schiff and the ‘whistleblower.’ Now everyone knows by now that Adam Schiff was not truthful about his contacts with the ‘whistleblower.’ What they don’t know, and what’s in that transcript, is that the ‘whistleblower’ wasn’t truthful about his contacts with Adam Schiff.”
Schiff has lied countless times, notably about the FBI’s FISA application and renewals to spy on Carter Page, two of which –- and likely more later –-have been found to be unlawful. He wrongly tried to discredit Nunes’ critique of those applications; Nunes was being truthful. Schiff even falsely claimed he had evidence that Trump was acting on behalf of Putin.
As Ratcliffe put it, “Adam Schiff says things that he knows are not true with supreme conviction...Democrats think that makes him effective; we think that makes him dangerous.” Let’s face it: Schiff is one big lying sack of Schiff, and his undeserved forum needs to end. He and his similarly disingenuous crew need to be dismissed from the Senate floor as soon as it is feasible.
Janitors at the Capitol building will have to mop up the slime trail they leave on the way out.
If you didn’t see Sunday’s LIFE, LIBERTY & LEVIN, constitutionalist Mark Levin goes into more detail on the trial, followed by a fascinating interview with Peter Schweizer, author of CLINTON CASH and the brand-new PROFILES IN CORRUPTION, on the Bidens, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Highly recommended...