Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) was met with loud protests from House Republicans as he spoke on the House floor on Wednesday, Dec. 18, ahead of the impeachment vote against President Donald Trump.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who had led the impeachment inquiry, compared the president’s actions regarding his dealings with Ukraine to those of someone trying to bribe a police officer. 

“My colleagues continue to make the argument that the Ukrainians got the money,” Schiff said. “Yes, the president got caught, but they got the money. No harm, no foul. It is the equivalent of saying if you’re pulled over by a cop and you attempt to bribe the cop and the cop doesn’t take the money but arrests you, where’s the crime in that?”

“They didn’t get the money,” Schiff continued.”This is what my colleagues would have you accept—that because the president got caught in the act, we must look the other way. But of course, that’s not the way the law works. That is not the way the Constitution works. That’s not the way the oath of office works. Our oath of office requires us to impeach a president that abuses his power whether he gets away with it or he gets caught.”

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Schiff again was booed by his Republican colleagues while addressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“Madam Speaker, I have heard several of my colleagues in a row now, and it is interesting to see how very few of them want to address any of the facts of the president’s misconduct,” Schiff said, referring to the Republicans who opposed the vote.

“There are no facts,” some GOP lawmakers shouted out. 

“Apparently, Madam Speaker, I have struck a nerve,” Schiff said.

Following six hours of heated debate on impeachment articles of President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the House is in the final stages of fulfilling a promise made by prominent Democrats ever since the president’s inauguration. 

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