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The problem The House impeachment managers have is The House impeachment managers don't want to talk about the evidence, you know as a prosecutor I've seen it time and time again -- when your client is guilty, when your client is dead to rights you don't want to talk about your clients guilt, you want to attack the prosecution. It is a fairly elemental strategy. And I think that's all you're see here is that effort to distract.
One of the things that we in this fellowship of office-holders understand that most people don't is that real political courage doesn't come from disagreeing with our opponents, but from disagreeing with our friends. And with our own party, what happens when our heartfelt views of right and wrong are in conflict with the popular opinion of our constituents ? What happens when our devotion to our oaths, to our values, to our love of country, to part from the momentary passion from a large number of people back home ?
We have a very capable justice, sitting in that Senate chamber, empowered by the Senate rules to decide issues of evidence and privilege. And so if any of these witnesses have a colorable claim that they wish to make or the President on their behalf, we have a justice who is able to make those determinations, and we trust that the chief justice can do so, unlike in the House, where the President could play rope a dope in the courts for years, that is not an option for the President's team here, and it gives no refuge to people who want to hide behind executive privilege to avoid the truth coming out.
I've always thought that the strongest argument for impeachment was also the strongest argument against it, which is, if you don't impeach a president who commits conduct of this kind, what does that say to the next president about what they can do and to the next Congress ? at the same time, if you do impeach, but the President is acquitted, what does that say to the next president ? The next Congress ? There's no good or simple answer.
Now I will say this : The present circumstances are also very different than Watergate and I think for a very fundamental reason, and that is in Watergate it wasn't that the existence of tapes made all the difference, house Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff know it was certainly important, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff know, in this impeachment proceeding, we have the existence of the call record, but I don't think that's really what differentiates then from now. I think the main difference is The President now has Fox prime time and that allows The President supporters to live in this alternative fact world.
The DNI acknowledged that this involves someone apparently outside of the authority of The DNI. Someone above The DNI -- there aren't that many in that category. And they also suggested that there may be privilege issues here, which means that it would have to involve communications of the President or people around him.
A Director of National Intelligence has never prevented a properly submitted whistleblower complaint that the IC IG determined to be credible and urgent from being provided to the congressional intelligence committees. Never. This raises serious concerns about whether White House, Department of Justice or other executive branch officials are trying to prevent a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching its intended recipient, the Congress, in order to cover up serious misconduct.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff clearly doesn't want to, and you know, who can blame House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff at this point ? he knows that he will be savaged by the White House for anything that he says that's critical of the President and he wants to resist being drawn into this.
We have an independent basis to want the counterintelligence information, after all of this began as a counterintelligence investigation, to determine, to find out whether The President or people in The President campaign had been compromised in any way by a foreign power, that means giving us classified information, that means giving us grand jury information.
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