Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for President Trump, slammed House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Adam Schiff (D-CA), Tuesday, during the first day in the Senate impeachment trial.
“Senator Schumer said earlier today that the eyes of the founders are on these proceedings. Indeed, that’s true, but it is the heart of the Constitution that governs these proceedings,” Sekulow said.
“What we just heard from manager Schiff– the courts have no role, privileges don’t apply, what happened in the past, we should just ignore. In fact, manager Schiff just tried to summarize my colleague’s defense of the president. Not in those words, of course, which is not the first time Mr. Schiff has put words into transcripts that did not exist,” Jay Sekulow stated.
“Mr. Schiff also talked about a trifecta,” he continued. “I’ll give you a trifecta.”
“During the proceedings that took place before the Judiciary Committee, the president was denied the right to cross-examine witnesses. The president was denied the right to access evidence. And the president was denied the right to have counsel at present at hearings. That’s a trifecta. A trifecta that violates the Constitution of the United States,” Sekulow argued.
“Mr. Schiff did say the courts don’t really have a role in this. Executive privilege, why would that matter?” he asked. “It matters because it’s based on the Constitution of the United States.” (Continued Below)
Sekulow then pointed out that one of the managers, appointed by Speaker Pelosi, had claimed that it is the “Senators who are on trial”, adding that the same manager also said of the Senators, “They are not capable of abiding by [their] oath.”
Jay Sekulow’s official remarks:
Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for President Trump, criticizes lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff and calls on senators to approve the impeachment resolution that sets up the rules for the Senate trial https://t.co/C7AyPvvSTr pic.twitter.com/uQKFh2lxhs
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