Adam Schiff told the senators sitting as jurors in the impeachment trial that they must vote to remove President Donald Trump from office for one reason: he did not follow the “talking points” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman gave him for the July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president. Well, poor Adam didn’t know what hit him when Americans made him regret his ridiculous remarks. You’ll love this.
House Manager Adam Schiff is claiming President Trump refused to follow the talking points set out by State Department bureaucrats. In fact, Schiff specifically pointed to the plan Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official, claimed to have given Trump’s staff for the July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
According to Schiff, the president — who has primary authority under the U.S. Constitution to determine U.S. foreign policy — did not follow “U.S. policy” in speaking with Ukraine’s president.
“I just want to underscore this: he’s not obligated to use his talking points. He’s not obligated to follow the recommendations of his staff no matter how sound they may be. But what this makes clear is it wasn’t U.S. policy that he was conducting. It was his private, personal interests that he was conducting. If it was U.S. policy, it probably would have been in the talking points and briefing material. But, of course, it was not.”
Most of those who saw Vindman testify can’t forget his arrogance as he described how upset he got when he surmised Trump wasn’t following the talking points he had submitted.
That’s why Senator Marsha Blackburn tweeted from inside the chamber: “Adam Schiff is hailing Alexander Vindman as an American patriot. How patriotic is it to badmouth and ridicule our great nation in front of Russia, America’s greatest enemy?”
Adam Schiff is hailing Alexander Vindman as an American patriot.
How patriotic is it to badmouth and ridicule our great nation in front of Russia, America’s greatest enemy?
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 23, 2020
“Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official, testified that the official policy-based talking points provided to Trump covered the broader issue of corruption in Ukraine, not political investigations,” CNBC reports.
Well, that’s Vindman’s “opinion,” which means nothing. The President of the United States sets all foreign policy, not some mid-level bureaucrat.
“Those were the recommended talking points that were cleared through the staff for the president, yes,” Vindman testified. “The president could choose to use the talking points or not. He’s the president. But they [his comments] were not consistent with what I provided.”
So, now we have Schiff claiming Trump’s phone call was for “his private, personal interests,” and had nothing to do with corruption. Most Americans would beg to differ.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that, so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great,” Trump said in the July 25 call, according to the transcript. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it. It sounds horrible to me.”
Well, that sounds an awful lot like asking about corruption, not Trump’s “personal interests.”
The president was telling Zelensky to work with his attorney general, not his “private attorney.” As much as Schiff wants to claim Rudy Guiliani was out to help Trump win the 2020 election, it sure is funny how the president did not tell Zelensky to get in touch with him.
Instead, Trump is clearly speaking about working with the United States officially when he refers to the AG who heads up the Department of Justice. This wasn’t meant to be some secret case. Trump knew corruption in Ukraine was going on with the Bidens.
Peter Schweizer, who wrote “Clinton Cash,” has now come out with another best-seller, and it includes the Biden corruption. He spoke about how the Biden corruption case has become the holy grail the Democrats do not want anyone to touch.
“We were told in 2016, ‘You cannot investigate Hillary Clinton after the election because she’s no longer going to be in office,'” Schweizer said. “Now we’re being told, ‘You cannot investigate Joe Biden because he’s running for office.’ So the question becomes, when are you supposed to investigate people who are engaged in corrupt behavior? And in the case of the Bidens, it’s not even a question.”
Americans sounded off on social media making poor Adam look like an utter fool trying to prop up Vindman as his way to remove the sitting president.
“Analysis of Mr. ‘Ukraine First’ Lt. Co. Alexander Vindman’s testimony during the Schiff ‘Impeachment’ Show. BTW: Vindman was born in Soviet Ukraine, he disparaged America & Americans to Russians & was asked 3 times to be Defense Minister of Ukraine,” tweeted Twitter user “Maze.”
🤣Analysis of Mr. "Ukraine First" Lt. Co. Alexander Vindman's testimony during the Schiff "Impeachment" Show. BTW: Vindman was born in Soviet Ukraine, he disparaged America & Americans to Russians & was asked 3 times to be Defense Minister of Ukraine😬 pic.twitter.com/ZgfWhZavwM
— Maze (@walker_maze) January 24, 2020
“So, throwing Lt. Col Vindman’s opinion into the trash is an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE @repadamschiff Sir, the President makes policy, NOT unelected bureaucrats in the White House or State Dept!” tweeted Joe Zollo.
So, throwing Lt. Col Vindman's opinion into the trash is an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE?
.@repadamschiff Sir, the President makes policy, NOT unelected bureaucrats in the White House or State Dept!https://t.co/N4AvBysFFi#TheFive #maga #QAnon #tcot #msnbc #FoxNews #CNN
— Joe Zollo (@jaazee1) January 23, 2020
“Schiff caught in another lie. Selectively editing a witness testimony to try to make the context seem different than what the real testimony was. Democrats are pure slime. They have no souls,” tweeted “BeachBum Philosopher.”
#Impeachment – Schiff caught in another lie. Selectively editing a witness testimony to try to make the context seem different than what the real testimony was. Democrats are pure slime. They have no souls. https://t.co/Q1AQ4tzkOF
— BeachBum Philosopher (@BeachBum1776) January 24, 2020
“So Trump is being impeached because he did his job. Got it,” tweeted James Todd.
— james todd (@nascardad50) January 24, 2020
“Schiff is spiraling out of control! Careful Adam, your INSANITY is showing big time!! Sadly, it’s a main symptom of severe #TDS! You need a PERMANENT Vacation from OUR Government,” tweeted
“Angry Americans United.”
Schiff is spiraling out of control! Careful Adam, your INSANITY is showing big time!! Sadly, it’s a main symptom of severe #TDS! 🤣🇺🇸 You need a PERMANENT Vacation from OUR Government
Adam Schiff: Remove Trump, Because He Didn’t Follow Talking Points https://t.co/4rQO1b2gCL
— ❌❌❌Angry Americans United❌❌❌ (@LastStand2019) January 23, 2020
The U.S. Constitution gives the President of the United States primary authority to determine U.S. foreign policy.
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
The Constitution does not discuss “talking points” prepared by officials who report to the president himself. So, “Pencil Neck” Schiff might need another angle to revoke the vote of 60 million Americans. Poor Adam, he’s finding out the hard way he isn’t in his basement bunker and definitely isn’t in charge anymore.