Doug Jones: Schiff speech, impeachment evidence presented by House Dems ‘compelling’
In a video tweeted out by his office on Friday, Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) opined that evidence is “continuing to mount” against President Donald Trump as the impeachment trial unfolds in the Senate.
The video, lasting just over five minutes and 30 seconds, started with Jones praising the Thursday speech given by Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), one of the lead House impeachment managers.
Alabama’s junior senator opened the video by reciting the line twice, placing heavy emphasis on it. He would also later close the video with the line.
“That was the most compelling statement to me yesterday,” Jones remarked about the line.
Senator Jones’ newfound usage of #rightmatters may very well remind Alabama voters of what he tweeted when announcing his “nay” vote on confirming Justice Brett Kavanaugh: #RightSideofHistory.
Jones in his Friday video went on to say about the case presented by House Democrats, “Yesterday’s evidence was pretty compelling. It continues to get compelling.”
“Remember we have talked significantly about direct evidence,” he continued. “We have heard a lot of direct evidence on the president’s abuse of power. We’ve heard it from witnesses who talked to the president. We’ve seen press conferences. We’ve seen text messages. We’ve seen emails. Not all of those emails were provided by the administration; they were done pursuant to a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request and a lawsuit. But we have them nonetheless.”
“And the circumstantial evidence begins to mount,” Jones added.
He then recited the definition of circumstantial evidence as, “Proof of a chain of facts and circumstances that tend to prove or disprove a fact.”
“That is continuing to mount,” Jones asserted.
The senator commented that he is “anxious to see” what the president’s legal team will “say and do” when given the chance to present their case.
Later in the video, Jones renewed his call for Democrats to be able to call witnesses during the trial. However, he mocked the idea of “reciprocity,” the concept that Republicans would be able to call witnesses if Democrats are allowed to, as “silly.”
Jones specifically said that Hunter Biden should not be allowed to be called as a witness. Jones has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential bid, saying that he would ultimately back whomever the Democrats nominate against Trump, no matter how radical that individual is.
Watch the full video:
The Constitution is only as strong as the people who swear an oath to protect it.
We need to hear the truth, the full truth, and nothing but the truth. That is the only way to ensure a fair and complete trial. pic.twitter.com/ulgKsl7YGN
— Doug Jones (@SenDougJones) January 24, 2020
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn