We’re now just half a day away from the start of televised House impeachment hearings against Donald Trump. They’ll be led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a former prosecutor with a stellar track record of exposing and putting away bad guys. Now he’s offering a hint of the strategy he’ll take against Trump.
Donald Trump keeps arguing that there was no quid pro quo with Ukraine, or that there was nothing wrong with his quid pro quo with Ukraine, depending on what day of the week it is. The trouble is that most people don’t know precisely what a “quid pro quo” is, and some people can’t even pronounce the tongue twister. Adam Schiff is now making clear that he’s going to take a different approach.
Adam Schiff has revealed in an interview that he’s going to focus on convincing the American public that Donald Trump is guilty of bribery. It makes sense, for two reasons. First, most people implicitly understand what bribery is, and that in a political context it’s very wrong. Second, it’s going to be fairly easy to make the case that Trump is guilty of bribery.
Donald Trump cut off $400 million in U.S. military aid to Ukraine, and then offered to give it back if Ukraine was willing to promote a phony scandal about Trump’s 2020 election rival. Numerous witnesses from Trump’s own regime are about to testify on live television that they witnessed or participated in Trump’s bribery scheme. It should lead to a rather clear-cut article of impeachment.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report