Both sides in the historic Senate impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump made their closing arguments on Monday amidst claims by Trump lawyers that acquittal is the only appropriate result of the trial, and the ridiculous charge by Adam Schiff that Trump would “sell Alaska to the Russians if left unchecked.”
The House Democrats made their close first, led by Schiff. In his close Schiff claimed that if President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine are not impeachable offenses, then nothing would stand in his way from attempting bolder power grabs — going so far as to bizarrely claim that Trump could use Alaska as a bargaining chip with “the Russians” for support in 2020.
Schiff floated the far-flung hypothetical as he appealed to Republicans who have acknowledged Trump’s wrongdoing in the Ukraine matter to prevent a “runaway presidency.”
However, the president’s defense gave their rebuttal to the Democrat arguments. They said the House majority is looking for an excuse to nullify the votes of millions of Americans.
Trump’s defense team countered that the Democrats have been out to impeach Trump since the start of his presidency, nothing short of an effort to undo the 2016 election and to try to shape the next one.
“Leave it to the voters to choose,” said White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
Meanwhile, President Trump is raising questions about the so-called whistleblower as well as House impeachment manager Adam Schiff. In a tweet Monday, the president blasted Schiff for making up details about his conversation with the president of Ukraine.
The closing statements came ahead of Tuesday’s last debate over the articles of impeachment before Wednesday’s vote to either convict or acquit President Trump.