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California Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, delivers opening argument in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.
California Rep. Adam Schiff kicked off the House Democrats' three-day opening case against President Trump by accusing him of trying to "cheat" in the 2020 election through his Ukraine dealings, following a raucous first day of impeachment trial speeches in the Senate that lasted into the middle of the night.
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Trump "attempt[ed] to use the powers of the presidency to cheat in an election," Schiff, the top House Democratic impeachment manager, said in kicking off the House's case against Trump. He argued the only remedy is impeachment -- going so far as to question the legitimacy of this year's presidential election with Trump back on the ticket.
"The president's misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won," warned Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who led much of the House's impeachment inquiry last year.
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Trump believes "he's above the law" and the president engaged in one of "the most blatant efforts of a cover-up in history" once the House started investigating, Schiff said from the well of the Senate chamber.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, a fuming Sen. Lindsey Graham accused House Democrats of trying to "destroy the institution of the presidency" in the name of taking down Trump.
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“They are on a crusade to destroy this man!" Graham, R-S.C., said minutes before heading to the Senate chamber to listen to Schiff's speech.
“The president will be vindicated with a verdict to acquittal,” predicted Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind.
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Trump, away in Davos Switzerland for the trial kickoff, praised the work of his defense team and blasted Schiff and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, with whom he’s tussled in New York real estate battles going back decades.
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