House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has spent the week making his case for why President Donald Trump should be removed from office. On Thursday, he offered a curious justification for doing so.
Trump didn’t follow “talking points.”
The importance of bureaucratic talking points
“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,” Schiff said from the Senate floor.
“But what this makes clear is it wasn’t U.S. policy that he was conducting,” the California Democrat insisted. “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.”
In fact, Article II of the United States Constitution spells out a president’s duties, and Schiff is correct in saying that they do not include the following of talking points.
However, it does specify that the president is in charge of executing the nation’s laws, including laws that some believe Joe and Hunter Biden may have broken.
Potential corruption in Ukraine
Then-Vice President Joe Biden bragged at a 2016 Council on Foreign Relations event that he had used the threat of withholding American aid to pressure Ukraine into firing one of its prosecutors.
“I’m leaving in six hours,” Biden boasted. “If the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well son of a b—h, he got fired.” Watch:
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Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor in question, alleged in a sworn affidavit that he was forced out for investigating Burisma, the oil and gas firm where Hunter Biden was a board member.
Biden says that he and his son never discussed the latter’s business dealings in Ukraine, but photographic evidence makes that claim tough to accept. Last year, Fox News published a photo of both Bidens playing golf with the younger Biden’s business associate Devon Archer. Like Hunter Biden, Archer also sat on Burisma’s board of directors.
What’s more, Hunter Biden admitted in a New Yorker article that he had spoken with his father about the Burisma job but claimed that there had only been one conversation.