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A brief comment on this now-viral passage from Adam Schiff’s closing argument in the Senate impeachment trial.
If abuse of power is not impeachable, even though it is clear the Founders consider it the highest of all high crimes and misdemeanors – but if it were not impeachable, then a whole range of utterly unacceptable conduct in a president would now be beyond reach.
Trump - Alaska - Russians - Exchange - Support
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.
The video of the entire closing argument is below. There are more buried – and false – premises in it than there are skeletons in a 500-year-old European cemetery. If you have the time and patience for them, feel free to check out, among other things, the solemnly tolled account of Trump having the gall to appoint an attorney general he approves of (unlike Obama, who surrounded himself with – well, actually, attorneys general he approved of, and could count on to stonewall congressional probes).
Riff - Alaska - Russians - Start - Mark
For the riff on “offering Alaska to the Russians,” start at the 5:00 mark.
One observation is that you could set a whole team of seminarians to parsing those buried premises out and not catch all of them. Consider just this statement:
Founders - View - Fact
But it is not at all clear that the Founders held this view. It would be more accurate, in fact, to say...
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