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Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued a disclaimer on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon: the impeachment trial is not an effort by House Democrats to help Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
Schiff said he felt he needed to make the clarification after the previous speaker, Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), had used poll data showing Biden leading the incumbent president in the 2020 presidential race in 2019.
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Garcia argued, and Schiff reiterated, that the fact that Biden was leading in the polls provided the motive for President Donald Trump to ask Ukraine to investigate Biden, which he had not done in previous years.
The Democrat House managers apparently ignored another, perhaps more obvious reason: the media had not reported the former vice president’s 2018 boast about forcing out a Ukrainian prosecutor until John Solomon reported it in The Hill in April 2019, several weeks before Biden announced that he would be running for president.
Nevertheless, Schiff said:
My colleague shared a number of slides showing the polling strength of Joe Biden vis-à-vis the president as a demonstration of his motive, the fact that he went after these political investigations to undermine someone that he was deeply concerned...
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