Schiff's closing: 'You can’t trust this president will do what’s right for this country'
Schiff gave an impassioned closing argument on Thursday of the Democrats' case against Trump’s alleged abuse of power.
In his final speech of the day, Schiff gave a detailed recitation of the facts, arguing that the evidence shows how Trump pressured Ukraine, a vulnerable U.S. ally, by withholding military aid and a White House meeting in exchange for investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.
Schiff then said that senators should consider the consequences of not holding Trump accountable and the dangers it could pose to American democracy.
"How much damage can he do between now and the next election? A lot. A lot of damage,” Schiff said.
He said that if Trump is not found guilty and removed, Russia or other foreign governments could interfere in the 2020 election.
"Let's say they start to blatantly interfere in our election again to help Donald Trump," Schiff said. "Can you have the least bit of confidence that Donald Trump will stand up to them and protect our national interest over his own personal interest? You know you can't, which makes him dangerous to this country. You know you can't. You know you can't count on him, none of us can."
Schiff, speaking directly to a packed and attentive Senate floor with every senator at his or her desk or standing in the back, repeatedly stated that Trump cannot be trusted and is inherently self-interested.
"If right doesn't matter, we’re lost; if the truth doesn't matter, we’re lost," he said.
Schiff argued that the Ukraine scandal is a part of the president’s pattern of corrupt behavior and not a one-off issue.
“You can’t trust this president will do what’s right for this country. He will do what's right for Donald Trump,” Schiff said. “The American people deserve a president they can count on to put their interests first.”
He added, "If you find him guilty you must find that he must be removed because right matters, the truth matters, otherwise we are lost."