Adam Schiff’s Report Cites No ‘Bribery’ Or ‘High Crimes’; Only Tweets

(Breitbart) – The House Intelligence Committee report released by chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Tuesday cites no constitutionally permissible grounds for impeachment against President Donald Trump — other than tweets.

Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides that impeachment shall be for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Notably, the Framers of the Constitution ruled out “maladministration” as a reason.

In Schiff’s 300-page report, Democrats failed to cite any specific grounds for impeaching the president.

Notably, though Schiff and others attempted to argue that the president had possibly committed “bribery” by allegedly asking the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. aid, there is no discussion of bribery whatsoever in the report — other than references to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s claims that Biden might be guilty of bribery because his son was on the payroll of Ukrainian gas giant Burisma.

The only references to any “crimes” allegedly committed by the president is a discussion of “witness intimidation.”

Schiff and his Democrat majority attempt to argue that President Trump committed that crime by tweeting criticism of several witnesses against him, including calling them “Never Trumpers” and drawing attention to their testimony.

The report also cites Trump’s tweets criticizing former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony, which clearly did not obstruct her testimony and which she would not have known about had Schiff not read them — partially — to her in the middle of the hearing. (Among Trump’s criticisms was that “the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him,” which Yovanovitch could not explain.)

The report also cites, as an example of witness intimidation, Trump re-tweeting a reference to testimony by Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, confirmed that Ukraine offered him the post of defense minister on three occasions.

The report also cites, in a general sense, the crimes of “obstructing Congress,” “concealing material facts,” and “retaliating against employees who provide information to Congress.” Democrats provide no real evidence to support the latter two charges. They merely claim that Trump threatened retaliation by tweeting a quote from Rush Limbaugh about “dismissing everybody involved from the Obama holdover days,” which Trump never did.

As for “obstructing Congress,” Democrats did not wait for the courts to adjudicate balance-of-power disputes between the executive branch and the legislative branch over the requested information and witnesses: the rush to conclude the impeachment inquiry in a hurry, even without key witnesses, was their decision and theirs alone.

The Trump administration has also maintained that the House impeachment inquiry is not legitimate on procedural grounds. It began without any formal authorization; it was conducted largely in secret, by the Intelligence Committee and not the Judiciary Committee; and it departed from precedent by refusing to grant the president due process rights, such as representation by counsel in hearings. That is why the White House has not complied.

Moreover, as liberal law professor and former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein argued in 2017, “obstructing Congress” is not sufficient grounds for impeachment if the inquiry itself is not legitimate.

He wrote: “Presidents should cooperate with legitimate investigations, but it is not a high crime or misdemeanor to refuse to cooperate with a congressional investigation into an offense that is not independently impeachable. Congress cannot gin up an impeachable offense by investigating an offense that is not impeachable, and then encountering presidential resistance.” Democrats have offered no independently impeachable offense — at all.

Shifts report never explicitly accuses Trump of “abuse of power.” But even that is not impeachable — firstly because Republicans have argued that Trump was not seeking a political favor from Ukraine, but exercising a constitutional duty to fight corruption and election interference; and secondly because it is not an impeachable offense.

As Sunstein wrote: “Almost every American president has, on more than one occasion, passed the bounds of his power, in the sense that his administration has done something that it is not lawfully entitled to do.”

So instead of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” Democrats are trying to impeach the president on the basis of tweets he posted in his own defense against their own, arguably partisan, inquisition.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. If the idiots involved would open their minds instead of their mouth, they might see what is going on, and it is not pretty. Now I do think that most know already but are willing to put their head in the sand as long as they win. When any person asks a foreign Country to assist them in there election as Trump did in 2016 and attempted to do with Ukraine, where is this USA headed, when some think it is OK for this type of actions just as long as they win. Now if winning is the only thing, where have we come as a nation.

  2. The action by the Democrats is well explained in the following two resources. If you really want to understand what is going on in our government (our Country), I urge (even beg) you to read Andrew Breibart’s book called “Righteous Indignation” or at least watch Glenn Beck’s recent video called “The Democrat Hydra” on YouTube. Glenn’s video provides factual documents and text messages obtained through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) and not conspiracy theory. If you agree Glenn’s information is correct, you can do your part like I am by spreading it around. Do as others have done, copy this entire comment and paste it in your social media networks. Yes, I keep posting this in hopes to reach new readers. We need to do something, not just talk about it. This is a well organized strategy by the Deep State and there is proof if you are willing to research it.

    • It still comes down to the fact that no one witnessed any wrong doing. They had policy differences, turf wars, their own interpretations, made assumptions, etc., but add them all up and the Democrats still have nothing more than a Wish Sandwich — two slices of bread, and they WISH they had some meat!

  3. The Demons are on the Attack because POTUS has discovered the Golden Egg and is hot on the trail of the Golden Goose. If a goofball like Biden can shakedown the Ukes like he did, can you imagine what the Hi IQ Clintons and their Liberal Followers are up to? All the hard working Americans struggling to support their families should take note of what the Dems and others are doing with our money and should express their disenchantment at the Ballot Box.

  4. DANG IT MORONS! Schiff, Nancy, Nadler etc. you are the “F”ing Criminals…!… no constitutionally permissible grounds for impeachment against President Donald Trump — other than tweets.
    Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides that impeachment shall be for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Notably, the Framers of the Constitution ruled out “maladministration” as a reason.
    In Schiff’s 300-page report, Democrats failed to cite any specific grounds for impeaching the president.

  5. The SMART thing to do in this impeachment SHAM is to drop it as “no crimes committed by the POTUS” to prevent the POSSIBILITY of being prosecuted for CRIMES against the POTUS, SEDITION and TREASON, potentially carrying with it PRISON sentences in a FEDERAL prison. However, this STILL brings considerable lack of ANY credibility of the DEMOCRATS. That’s one B I G lump swept under the political carpet which can be seen. This is ONE circus that showed the DEMOCRATIC clown car with NO control, going “round and round in circles”. Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (Keep America Great Again).

  6. Adam Schiff is an ass. One who has dragged this country along for a personal ego trip of his. He is a little man that somehow got a big job.. and he preened like a cat over it. Wonder if he knows ho much he is hated?

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