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Adam Schiff hammers Trump’s lawyers for leading us into “constitutional madness” in epic speech

Adam Schiff hammers Trump’s lawyers for leading us into “constitutional madness” in epic speech

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Alan Dershowitz, infamous lawyer and erstwhile friend and defender of the late arch-pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was chosen to defend Donald Trump in his impeachment trial and so far his arguments have been nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Without a hint of shame or irony, Dershowitz argued yesterday that Trump cannot be impeached for abusing the powers of the Oval Office to help get himself reelected because Trump thinks that ensuring a second term for himself is acting in the “public interest.” That is to say, he wants us to believe that since Trump wants to be president anything he does to achieve that goal is justified.

“If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected, in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment,” Dershowitz claimed. If his rationale sounds like absolute madness to you, it’s because it is.

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If our country were to function under Dershowitz’s framework there would be no limit to what a president could do to get reelected. Taken to its logical terminus it implies a president can use the FBI to spy on political opponents, have the Justice Department bring them up on sham charges, coerce foreign agents to inflict physical harm on them or even order a drone strike on their house. Clearly, such a precedent cannot be allowed lest our Republic transmogrify into an unabashed dictatorship.

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Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)—who has been doing an incredible job defending the interests of the American people as an impeachment manager—responded to Dershowitz’s absurdity with all the seriousness it deserves.

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Schiff called it “astonishing” that someone would make such an insane argument on the floor of the Senate. Mustering the eloquence he’s displayed time and again throughout Schiff decried the “descent into constitutional madness” displayed by Trump’s surrogates in recent days. The entire speech served as a perfect rebuttal to Dershowitz and it’s worth watching in full. It’s the kind of moment that ends up in history books.

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