The head of impeachment managers, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) drew criticism from GOP senators after his lengthy impeachment opening argument on Wednesday, Jan. 22, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) saying Schiff is unifying Republicans against the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“The more we hear from Adam Schiff, the more the GOP is getting unified against this partisan charade!” Paul tweeted.
In the second full day of President Trump’s impeachment trial, Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested that military aid to Ukraine was essential so the United States would not have to fight Russians at home.
“As one witness put it during our impeachment inquiry, the United States aids Ukraine and her people so that we can fight Russia over there, and we don’t have to fight Russia here,” Schiff said, reported the Fox News.
“The president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won,” Schiff said later, adding that the military assistance was “designed to help Ukraine defend itself from the Kremlin’s aggression” and that “more than 15,000 Ukrainians have died fighting Russian forces and their proxies.”
During his over two-hour opening speech, Schiff repeated widely debunked conspiracy theories that the Trump campaign secretly colluded with Russia in the 2016 election and accused the president of siding with Kremlin to pressure the Ukrainians.
Schiff’s claim drew mockery from Republicans, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio . ), a member of President Trump’s defense team, slammed Schiff for misleading the American people.
.@RepAdamSchiff spent his opening arguments trying to re-litigate the fake “Russia collusion” narrative.
Never forget that Adam Schiff supposedly had “more than circumstantial evidence” of collusion.
He misled the American people then, he’s misleading them now.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) January 22, 2020
Adam Schiff just can’t let the Russian collusion hoax go.
Special Counsel Mueller’s Democrat prosecutors did not find that any members of the @realDonaldTrump campaign colluded with Russia.
Mr. Mueller, in his testimony last year before Congress, admitted that fact. pic.twitter.com/uJDNe3LM3Y
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) January 22, 2020
Meanwhile, the Minority House Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggested that Schiff should be censured for apparently misrepresenting evidence in the Democrats’ impeachment effort.
“Chairman Adam Schiff just got caught in ANOTHER lie. This time he mischaracterized impeachment evidence as part of his political hit job against the President,” McCarthy tweeted.
Earlier in the day, President Trump told reporters in Davos that he would “sort of love” to attend the trial and stare at House Democrats’ “corrupt faces.”
Paul also tweeted a photo of a ticket to the Senate gallery, inviting President Trump to attend the impeachment trial as his guest during “this partisan charade.”
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 22, 2020