Schiff says having Bidens testify at impeachment trial would render it ‘a sham’

January 14, 2020

After weeks of delay, the Senate is finally going to be able to hold an impeachment trial, and President Trump recently indicated that he wants to see Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) appear as a witness in that proceeding.

However, Schiff is apparently in no hurry to show up at the Trump trial himself or to hear testimony from former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, positions he made very clear during a Monday appearance on ABC’s The View, Breitbart reported.

Shaky Schiff

“Would you, if asked, be willing to testify if you were subpoenaed?” show co-host Abby Huntsman asked Schiff.

“Look, I’m not a fact witness, so other than nullifying the president, I’m not sure why the Senate would call me or Nancy Pelosi as a witness,” the House Intelligence Committee chairman responded.

“If it is a fair trial though, you could very well see a case where the Bidens would have to be there. Do you think that’s a good thing politically or for impeachment as a whole?” Huntsman wanted to know.

Schiff wasn’t enthusiastic about that prospect either, saying, “There’s not much light that Joe Biden or Hunter Biden could shed on the president’s conduct.”

That answer didn’t satisfy Huntsman, who went on to suggest, “Then why not have them show up and just say, if you have nothing to hide, then come out there and tell the American people that because they want to hear both sides of it.”

Fear of a “sham trial”

According to Schiff, forcing the Bidens to explain themselves “would convert the Senate trial into the same kind of a sham proceeding that the president sought to have Ukraine undertake.”

“There’s been no factual basis for these allegations against Joe Biden,” he continued. “No factual basis that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election. That is a Russian propaganda talking point.”

“To ask the Senate to do these investigations that the president fraudulently sought to get Ukraine to conduct would merely turn the Senate trial on its head,” the California Democrat complained.

“Now, that’s something that the president would love, but that’s not a fair trial,” Schiff insisted. “That’s a sham trial.”

I think what the senators ought to do is take their oath to be impartial seriously and make this a serious and fair trial, fair to the president, yes, but also fair to the American people.

Schiff’s remarks represent yet another instance in which one of the key Democrats in the impeachment charade has made a veiled swipe at the integrity of their Republican colleagues. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently suggested that any GOP refusal to allow new witness testimony at trial will be tantamount to participation in “a cover-up.”

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Adam Peters

Adam Peters is a Conservative Institute staff writer.