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Ted Cruz Rips Adam Schiff's 'Very Serious Strategic Error' During Day 2 of Impeachment Arguments

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Sen. Ted Cruz made a compelling case Wednesday as to why lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff of California made a major blunder by arguing that President Donald Trump’s request to Ukraine to look into potential Biden corruption was a “sham.”

“The House managers made a very serious strategic error today,” Cruz told reporters on Capitol Hill.

“Adam Schiff’s arguments to open the day today directly drew into question Hunter Biden and made not only his testimony relevant, which it already was, but it is now critical,” the senator argued, “because the House Democrats have built their entire case on the proposition that any investigation into Burisma and corruption was a sham, that it was completely debunked.”

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In other words, the Democrats affirmed the issue at the heart of the case is whether Trump was justified to ask about Joe and Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine, and Cruz contended there is “prima facie evidence” that he was indeed justified.

Hunter Biden was reportedly being paid at least $50,000 a month and possibly upward of $83,000 a month to serve on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings at the same time his father was the Obama administration’s point man for U.S. foreign policy regarding Ukraine.

During an official visit to Kyiv, Joe Biden demanded that a Ukrainian prosecutor who was overseeing an investigation into Burisma be fired before the vice president left the country six hours later or Ukraine would not receive $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees.

Cruz pointed out that the House impeachment managers made much of Trump specifically mentioning the Bidens and the firing of the prosecutor during his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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The reason Trump singled out this incident along with the broader issue of Ukrainian corruption was clear.

“Burisma was the only Ukrainian company that had the son of the vice president, that had real prima facie evidence of American corruption,” Cruz said.

“If you have a sitting vice president making public policy decisions to benefit his family to the tune of a million bucks a year, that raises a serious question of corruption, and a president not only is justified in asking for that to be investigated, but has a responsibility to see that that’s investigated,” the Texan added.

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Cruz concluded, “The longer they talk at this point, the weaker the case is getting.”

A major problem with the Democrats’ case is that, unlike with previous presidential impeachments, no crime has even been alleged, much less proven, by the evidence.

Trump’s legal team filed a lengthy legal brief with the Senate on Monday calling the House Democrats’ impeachment effort an “affront to the Constitution” that should be rejected on its face.

Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution provides that the president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

The impeachment articles against Trump, which allege alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, don’t even come close to meeting that threshold.

Taking on the issue of the Bidens’ potentially corrupt conduct, Trump’s lawyers wrote, “House Democrats’ accusations rest on the false and dangerous premise that Vice President Biden somehow immunized his conduct (and his son’s) from any scrutiny by declaring his run for the presidency.”

“There is no such rule of law. It certainly was not a rule applied when President Trump was a candidate. His political opponents called for investigations against him and his children almost daily,” the Trump legal brief reads.

The law of unintended consequences appears to be in play thanks to the Democrats’ myopic and maniacal push to impeach the president, now a little over nine months from the 2020 election.

Their trial is both strengthening Trump’s support and placing a spotlight on the Bidens’ shady dealings in Ukraine.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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