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NBC News 3 Feb 2020

Adam Schiff: Trump 'Betrayed His Oath To Protect And Defend The Constitution'

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., claimed that President Trump "betrayed his oath to protect and defend the Constitution" during his closing arguments for the Senate impeachment trial.


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FOR THE JOB. THEY DESERVE BETTER THAN THE
THEY DESERVE BETTER THAN THE ATTACKS THEY HAVE BEEN FORCED TO
ATTACKS THEY HAVE BEEN FORCED TO SUFFER.
SUFFER. MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, MR. CHIEF
MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, MR. CHIEF JUSTICE, I WANT TO CLOSE THIS
JUSTICE, I WANT TO CLOSE THIS PORTION OF OUR STATEMENT BY
PORTION OF OUR STATEMENT BY READING YOU THE WORDS OF OUR
READING YOU THE WORDS OF OUR DEAR FRIEND AND FORMER COLLEAGUE
DEAR FRIEND AND FORMER COLLEAGUE IN THE HOUSE THE LATE ELIJAH
IN THE HOUSE THE LATE ELIJAH CUMMINGS WHO SAID THIS ON THE
CUMMINGS WHO SAID THIS ON THE DAY THAT THE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED
DAY THAT THE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED THE BEGINNING OF THE IMPEACHMENT
THE BEGINNING OF THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY.
INQUIRY. AS ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES HE
AS ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES HE SAID OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE
SAID OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE SPEAK NOT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE
SPEAK NOT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE HERE WITH US NOW
HERE WITH US NOW >>> OUR VOICES TODAY ARE
>>> OUR VOICES TODAY ARE MESSAGES TO A FUTURE WE MAY
MESSAGES TO A FUTURE WE MAY NEVER SEE.
NEVER SEE. WHEN THE HISTORY BOOX BOOKS ARE
WHEN THE HISTORY BOOX BOOKS ARE WRIT BEN THIS TUMULTUOUS ERA, I
WRIT BEN THIS TUMULTUOUS ERA, I WANT TO SAY I WAS AMONG THOSE
WANT TO SAY I WAS AMONG THOSE WHO STOOD UP TO LAWLESSNESS AND
WHO STOOD UP TO LAWLESSNESS AND TYRANNY.
TYRANNY. WE, THE MANAGERS, ARE NOT HERE
WE, THE MANAGERS, ARE NOT HERE REPRESENTING OURSELVES ALONE OR
REPRESENTING OURSELVES ALONE OR EVEN JUST THE HOUSE.
EVEN JUST THE HOUSE. JUST AS YOU ARE NOT HERE MAKING
JUST AS YOU ARE NOT HERE MAKING A DETERMINATION AS TO THE
A DETERMINATION AS TO THE PRESIDENT’S GUILT OR INNOCENCE
PRESIDENT’S GUILT OR INNOCENCE FOR YOURSELVES ALONE.
FOR YOURSELVES ALONE. YOU AND WE REPRESENT THE
YOU AND WE REPRESENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE ONES AT HOME AND AT WORK WHO
THE ONES AT HOME AND AT WORK WHO ARE HOPING THAT THEIR COUNTRY
ARE HOPING THAT THEIR COUNTRY WILL REMAIN WHAT IT HAS ALWAYS
WILL REMAIN WHAT IT HAS ALWAYS BELIEVED IT TO BE.
BELIEVED IT TO BE. A BEACON OF HOPE, OF DEMOCRACY
A BEACON OF HOPE, OF DEMOCRACY AND OF INSPIRATION TO THOSE
AND OF INSPIRATION TO THOSE STRIVING AROUND THE WORLD TO
STRIVING AROUND THE WORLD TO CREATE THEIR OWN MORE PERFECT
CREATE THEIR OWN MORE PERFECT UNIONS.
UNIONS. FOR THOSE WHO ARE STANDING UP TO
FOR THOSE WHO ARE STANDING UP TO LAWLESSNESS AND TO TYRANNY.
LAWLESSNESS AND TO TYRANNY. DONALD TRUMP HAS BETRAYED HIS
DONALD TRUMP HAS BETRAYED HIS OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE
OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION.
CONSTITUTION. BUT IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR US TO
BUT IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR US TO HONOR OURS.
HONOR OURS. TO WIELD OUR POWER TO DEFEND OUR
TO WIELD OUR POWER TO DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY.
DEMOCRACY. AS PRESIDENT, ABRAHAM LINCOLN
AS PRESIDENT, ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAID AT THE CLOSE OF HIS ADDRESS
SAID AT THE CLOSE OF HIS ADDRESS ON FEBRUARY 27, 1860, NEITHER
ON FEBRUARY 27, 1860, NEITHER LET US BE SLANDERED BY -- FROM
LET US BE SLANDERED BY -- FROM OUR DUTY BY FALSE ACCUSATIONS
OUR DUTY BY FALSE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST US, NOR FRIGHTENED FROM
AGAINST US, NOR FRIGHTENED FROM IT BY MENACES OF DESTRUCTION TO
IT BY MENACES OF DESTRUCTION TO THE GOVERNMENT, NORV DUNGEONS TO
THE GOVERNMENT, NORV DUNGEONS TO OURSELVES.
OURSELVES. LET US HAVE FAITH THAT RIGHT
LET US HAVE FAITH THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT.
MAKES MIGHT. IN THAT FAITH, LET US TO THE END
IN THAT FAITH, LET US TO THE END DARE TO DO OUR DUTIES WE
DARE TO DO OUR DUTIES WE UNDERSTAND IT.
UNDERSTAND IT. TODAY WE URGE YOU IN THE FACE OF
TODAY WE URGE YOU IN THE FACE OF OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE OF THE
OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT’S GUILT AND KNOWING
PRESIDENT’S GUILT AND KNOWING THATF LEFT IN OFFICE, HE WILL
THATF LEFT IN OFFICE, HE WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK FOREIGN
CONTINUE TO SEEK FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE NEXT
INTERFERENCE IN THE NEXT ELECTION, DEVOTE TO CONVICT ON
ELECTION, DEVOTE TO CONVICT ON BOTH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND
BOTH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND TO REMOVE FROM OFFICE DONALD

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