An official responsible for presenting the case to impeach the president was caught conceding the president committed no crime if abuse of power is not an impeachable offense.
Impeachment Manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) unwittingly admitted President Donald Trump cannot be touched if abuse of power does not constitute an impeachable act.
“If abuse of power is not impeachable … then a whole range of utterly unacceptable conduct in the president would now be beyond reach,” he told the Senate trial according to a video uploaded by Breitbart.
To illustrate this point, Schiff wildly speculated the president could not be impeached for trading U.S. land with a foreign country’s support for his re-election on Nov. 3.
“Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election,” he said.
The Democrat also claimed President Trump could allow his senior adviser to assume the duties of the Oval Office instead of the vice president who would normally be the logical choice.
“[The president could] decide to move to Mar-a-Lago personally and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to go to war,” Schiff said.
He also believed Congress would be powerless to stop what he called an “unacceptable” abuse of power.
“Because those things are not necessarily criminal this argument will allow that he could not be impeached for such abuses of power,” he said.
Schiff warned exonerating the president, allowing him to remain in public office, and carry out his duties would set a precedent for allowing a “runaway presidency.”
“We have known since the day we brought these charges that the bar to conviction requiring a full two-thirds of the Senate may be prohibitively high,” he said according to the publication. “And yet, the alternative is a runaway presidency and a nation whose elections are open to the highest bidder.”
White House lawyers have described the president’s actions as lawful and asked the Senate to disregard House Democrats’ articles of impeachment and uphold his innocence.
As The BL previously reported, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone previously criticized Schiff for making false statements and spreading manufactured telephone transcripts to advance his political career.
“Let us remember how we all got here, they made false allegations about a telephone call,” Cipollone said on a video the Daily Wire uploaded to Facebook. “When Mr. Schiff saw that his allegations were false, and he knew it anyway, what did he do? He went to the House and he manufactured a fraudulent version of that call, he manufactured a false version of that call, he read it to the American people, and he did not tell them it was a complete fake.”