By The Blaze. Closing arguments in the Senate’s impeachment trial wrapped up Monday with some far-reaching arguments from two of the House’s impeachment managers.
On the one hand, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) claimed that, if non-criminal acts aren’t impeachable, President Donald Trump would be able to trade away a U.S. state to Russia for political assistance.
During his closing arguments, Schiff attacked the position that only criminal actions rise to the constitutional standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as grounds for impeachment. If non-criminal actions aren’t impeachable, the California Democrat argued, then “a whole range of utterly unacceptable conduct in a president would now beyond reach.”
For example, Schiff claimed, “Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election, or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to go to war.”
SCHIFF says that if non-criminal actions aren't impeachable, "Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election, or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country"pic.twitter.com/Qvg8c4nMHR
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) February 3, 2020
(Read more from “Schiff Makes Pathetic Closing Argument: Trump Could Sell Alaska (Video)” HERE)
Impeachment Closing Arguments: Dems Claim ‘Duty Demands’ a Conviction, as Trump Team Decries ‘Rush to Judgment’
By Fox News. The impeachment trial of President Trump drew closer toward its almost-inevitable conclusion with closing arguments Monday, as Democratic House impeachment managers made a last-ditch push to convince the Senate that an acquittal would be a “death blow” to the ability to hold a president in check, while Trump’s defense team accused the Democrats of engaging in a rushed, “purely partisan” endeavor. . .
“I submit to you on behalf of the House of Representatives that your duty demands that you convict President Trump,” House manager Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., said during his remarks, the first among the Democrats who delivered arguments.
Crow addressed an argument put forth by Trump legal team member Alan Dershowitz, who claimed that Trump was working in the national interest, and not his personal interest, by asking Ukraine to investigate possible corruption related to former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Dershowitz asserted that even if Trump was acting to aid his own re-election if he believes his re-election to be in the nation’s best interest, it would be proper. . .
As for the president’s team on Monday, attorney Kenneth Starr argued the House’s impeachment power is not free of limitations. . .
Starr also accused the House Judiciary Committee of rushing to move forward with impeachment and contrasted Trump’s impeachment with that of President Bill Clinton and the effort to impeach President Richard Nixon, both of which enjoyed bipartisan support, unlike the Trump impeachment. (Read more from “Impeachment Closing Arguments: Dems Claim ‘Duty Demands’ a Conviction, as Trump Team Decries ‘Rush to Judgment’” HERE)