Schiff uses deceptively edited Trump video clip at Senate impeachment trial

During a House impeachment inquiry hearing held by the Judiciary Committee in early December of 2019, Democrats utilized a deceptively edited video clip of President Donald Trump to support the false narrative that he claimed to have “absolute power” as president and was unconstrained by the U.S. Constitution.

That bogus claim was thoroughly debunked at the time simply by comparing the brief clip used by Democrats with a longer one that provided more context, but that apparently didn’t stop lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-CA), as well as fellow House manager Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), from using the very same video to make the same false claim during the Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday, Breitbart reported.

Misleading snippet

During a House impeachment hearing in December which featured testimony about the Constitution from four law professors, Democrat counsel Norm Eisen — formerly the top ethics official in the Obama administration — played a clip for Harvard professor Noah Feldman that showed President Trump saying, “And I have an Article II where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”

That snippet was used by Eisen, Feldman, and others on the committee to perpetuate the narrative that Trump viewed himself as an all-powerful monarch who had been granted unlimited powers by Article II of the U.S. Constitution — except that isn’t what Trump was saying at all.

Context matters

The clip used by Democrats had been snipped from a speech the president delivered in July of 2019 to Turning Point USA, but it was edited to remove the context in which Trump uttered the sentence on which his opponents have since seized.

What Trump actually referred to in the speech was his power as president to hire and fire anybody he wanted, for any or no reason at all, specifically in relation to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whom Trump had considered firing but never actually did.

Check out this clip — from which the partial sentence was plucked — to get a sense of the broader context in which the statement was made:

Schiff still lying

The Democrats were called out in early December, by Breitbart and others, for using such a deceptively edited video clip to foment a false narrative in support of the impeachment effort. However, it appears they either ignored or simply didn’t care about being caught in a dishonest act.

As such, both Schiff and Lofgren on Tuesday used a misleading video clip to push their anti-Trump message, even as they surely understand that it takes on an entirely different meaning when viewed in the context of the speech as a whole.

The Trump-hating Democrats want to assert that the president believes he has “absolute power” as president that is unlimited by the Constitution and is free to act as some sort of authoritarian dictator, something they cite as one of the primary reasons why he must be impeached and removed from office.

But that is a blatant lie, as has been demonstrated, and the fact that Schiff and others would continue to use this type of deception — when they’ve already been called out over it before — only highlights how utterly devoid of factual support their case for impeachment is.

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