House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff (D.-Calif.) suggested in his opening statement in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Wednesday that stopping military aid to Ukraine could have ultimately resulted in Russian military action against the United States "here" in the United States.
“Most critically, the military aid we provide Ukraine helps to protect and advance American national security interests in the region and beyond,” said Schiff, who serves as the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“America has an abiding interest in stemming Russian expansionism and resisting any nations' efforts to remake the map of Europe by dint of military force, even as we have tens of thousands of troops stationed there,” said Schiff.
“Moreover, as one witness put it during our impeachment inquiry,” said Schiff, “the United States aids Ukraine and her people so that we can fight Russia over there and we don't have to fight Russia here.”
This argument that Schiff made in his opening statement was consistent with numerous statements he has made over the course of the proceedings (as reported by CNSNews.com) arguing that Trump must be removed because he has threatened U.S. national security.
“President Trump's abuse of powers of his office undermined the integrity of our free and fair elections and compromised America's national security,” Schiff said, for example.
“This isn't just about Ukraine or its national security; it is about our national security,” said Schiff, for another example. “This isn't charity; it is about our defense as much as Ukraine's.”
“President Trump undermined the integrity of our free and fair elections by pressing a foreign power to influence our most sacred right as citizens, our right to freely choose our leaders, and he threatened our national security by withholding critical aid from a partner on the frontlines of war with Russia, an aggressor that has threatened peace and stability on an entire continent,” Schiff said in yet another example.
“In so doing,” Schiff said, “the President sacrificed not only the security of our European allies but also our Nation's core national security interests.”