Not His First Clown Show
The Adam Schiff Show is live. And it’s not going well for Democrats. Nor is it good news for the cause of truth, or the perception of America at home or abroad.
The leader of the impeachment hearings, ten-term Representative of California’s 28th congressional district, Adam Bennett Schiff, is a bald-faced liar.
Americans already knew that. Schiff (echoed by his media bird dog Rachel Maddow) stated time and time again that he had evidence of collusion between Russia and President Trump. For two years.
“Damning evidence” of collusion with Russia. “More than circumstantial.” A scandal of a size “beyond Watergate.”–AP
For two years, Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, seemed to be on every talk and late-night show sounding ominous warnings about what special counsel Robert Mueller might find on President Donald Trump. The California Democrat got the president’s attention — a fact confirmed when Trump turned the congressman’s name into a foul schoolyard taunt. “Wow, Mr. President, that’s a good one,” Schiff tweeted back.
But Mueller found no coordination or conspiracy involving Trump, his campaign and the Russian government, the Justice Department said Sunday.
This Time It’s Different–I Swear
Today, Schiff renewed his vows of deception with the American people, twice.
- That Russia alone, not Ukraine, is culpable in election meddling. Wrong.
Andriy Artemenko, a Ukrainian parliamentarian associated with a conservative opposition party, did meet with Trump’s team during the campaign and said he personally offered to set up similar meetings for Chaly but was rebuffed.
“It was clear that they were supporting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy,” Artemenko said. “They did everything from organizing meetings with the Clinton team, to publicly supporting her, to criticizing Trump. … I think that they simply didn’t meet because they thought that Hillary would win.”–Politico
2. That he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower. Patently ridiculous.
So Schiff is asking the nation to believe that he doesn’t know who CIA agent Eric Ciaramella is, despite the fact that his staff has met with him on multiple occasions. That Schiff’s staff–who forgot to redact Ciaramella’s name from the transcript they released to the public–kept the name hidden from their boss.
While not an according-to-Hoyle lie, Schiff’s duplicity seeped into parliamentary procedure as well. Mere minutes into the first 45-minute block of Republican questioning, Schiff interrupted Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX). Schiff informed Ambassador Bill Taylor that he could not answer questions based on “facts not in evidence,” prompting ranking member Devin Nunes to reply, “Are you seriously interrupting our time here?”
Despite all the chicanery, one has to ask: is this the best the Dems have? If so, they have truly stepped in it, especially when we hear from witnesses requested by the Republicans. Schiff is plainly out of his depth, the stage he craved too large. In the meantime, the congressional calendar is blocked off for months to come.