Rep. Adam Schiff, lead impeachment manager, goes a little bit crazy once again, claiming that Trump could bargain with “the Russians” by using Alaska.
Dramatic Schiff’s New Hypothetical
The Senate saw Schiff’s closing remarks in Trump’s impeachment trial lead to a very far-fetched hypothetical that if the Ukraine affairs are not recognized as impeachable offenses, nothing stops the president from bargaining with “the Russians” for support this year by using Alaska as a trading chip.
“If abuse of power is not impeachable … Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to go to war. Because those things are not necessarily criminal, this argument would allow that he could not be impeached for such abuses of power. Of course, this would be absurd. More than absurd, it would be dangerous,” Schiff said.
Alaska was transferred to the US by Russia in 1867 for, what would be in today’s dollars, around $120 million and officially it became the 49th state on Jan. 3, 1959.
Trump’s defense didn’t think much of the accusation, saying that this is nothing short of what Democrats have been trying to do since Trump was elected – undo the 2016 election by impeaching him.
“Leave it to the voters to choose,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone told the Senate.
Schiff’s comments drew quite a lot of attention on social media, and many were quite upset with the new hypothetical, with some people like Jennifer Barbosa, an independent, going as far as calling Schiff's remarks an “insult to our intelligence.”
Despite the new absurdity the lead impeachment manager has come up with, it’s no surprise to those who’ve been following the impeachment case against Trump, as throughout it Schiff has shown an affinity for drama and hyperbole.