This latest effort to impeach Donald Trump will have plenty of collateral damage for the Democrats, some of which has already begun to manifest itself.
The most apparent case of impeachment shrapnel comes to us from the campaign trail, where renewed curiosity about Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine have contributed to the former Vice President’s slipping in the polls. Biden now looks poised to lose his frontrunner status to Senator Liz Warren within a matter of days, not weeks.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff may well find himself in the crosshairs of this impeachment implosion as well, with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani firing a warning shot across the Representative’s bow.
Giuliani’s remarks about his legal plans were made over the weekend in a series of calls with Yahoo News, amid cable news appearances in which he continued to aggressively defend the president. That defense was blunted by news of an additional whistleblower who would reportedly corroborate how Trump allegedly pressured the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, into investigating Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 presidential candidate.
Giuliani expounded on the idea to the press.
“I got the highest grade in constitutional law,” said Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York. He revealed that private lawyers are studying public statements by Schiff and others to argue that they were not merely prosecuting a case against Trump but attempting to “deprive him of civil rights” and were engaging in a “conspiracy to remove the president at all costs.” Giuliani charged that Schiff was seeking to “inhibit me in my ability to defend” Trump.
Giuliani has become a lightning rod for controversy during this most recent escalation in impeachment rhetoric, fueled in part by his energetic appearances in the mainstream media.
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