House manager Adam Schiff laid out several arguments he expects to hear from President Trump’s attorneys in the coming days.
The California Democrat said he anticipates Trump’s attorneys will argue that Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine’s president was “perfect” — a line that the President has frequently repeated.
Schiff went on to say that he suspects they don’t want to make that argument, but have to because Trump will want to hear it.
“You will hear, the call was perfect. The call was perfect. Now, I suspect the reason they will make the argument, the call was perfect, is because the President insists that they do. I don’t think they really want to have to make that argument. You wouldn’t either, but they have a client to represent and so they will make the argument, the call was perfect,” he said.
Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the Senate would likely hear Trump’s attorneys bring up that the President said there was no quid pro quo.
“The President said there was no quid pro quo. That’s the end of the story. This is the criminal law that if the defendant says he didn’t do it, he couldn’t have done it. If the defendant learns he’s been caught and he says he didn’t do it, he couldn’t have done it. That doesn’t hold up in any court in the land. It shouldn’t hold up here,” he said.