House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) claimed on Meet the Press Sunday that the House of Representatives “proved [Trump] guilty,” and that the claims by his former National Security Adviser John Bolton are more of the same behavior the House has already investigated.
“John Bolton says that is exactly this president’s pattern and practice that he didn’t see a significant national foreign approximately policy decision made on any other basis than the personal and political re-election interest,” Schiff said about Bolton’s claims that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for help with his re-election.
As usual, Schiff is being less than truthful about the nature of the House’s actions against President Donald Trump and he is also assuming that Bolton is being truthful without any actual evidence that this is the case.
The House of Representatives did not “prove” Trump guilty of anything, because that’s not what the House does in the impeachment process. The House only levels charges–they are like a grand jury that decides only if there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial; they don’t decide the trial itself.
The Senate is the body that proves a president guilty, or in Trump’s case, decides that he is not guilty. Trump was acquitted of the House’s charges, no matter how guilty Schiff still thinks he is.
Bolton has plenty of reasons to lie about Trump, like a $2 million book advance and anger about his policy disagreements with Trump and his firing. The fact that Schiff has swallowed Bolton’s story hook, line and sinker only proves that confirmation bias is a real and powerful thing.
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