“Adam Schiff is basically the Jussie Smollett of Congress, on steroids.”
So said Donald Trump, Jr., on Wednesday’s HANNITY, and he nailed it. Overall, Wednesday was an especially contentious day in the news. Admittedly, it can sometimes be hard to take, but keep in mind, this is because a few (not enough) brave Republicans --- most notably the President himself --- are refusing to roll over. Obviously, the gloves are off.
First of all, we now know that California Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and also head of the impeachment inquiry, has lied repeatedly about the so-called “whistleblower” complaint against the President. Even The New York Times had a story on it, written in NYT style, but you can still tell from this that Schiff lied…
Leftists don’t seem to care if their people lie, as long as it’s in pursuit of their objectives. This isn’t the first time Schiff has lied, as he maintained for many months that he possessed evidence of Trump/Russia “collusion” in the 2016 election. He had nothing of the sort. And he lied big-time during a congressional hearing when he “parodied” (his later characterization) Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, putting outrageously fake words in the President’s mouth that will no doubt live forever in both the permanent congressional record and the minds of everyone who saw them in media reports. That was the idea, of course.
According to ranking Intel Committee member Devin Nunes, Schiff briefed committee members “a little bit” about the complaint about three weeks ago, professing that “he doesn’t know exactly what this is but it must be really important.” But that’s a lie. We’ve learned that his staff knew about it ahead of time, although we still don’t know how far ahead. We know they directed the “whistleblower” to the IG, when Schiff has said if it weren’t for the IG, they wouldn’t know about it. Another lie. “He had multiple opportunities to tell us,” according to Nunes; indeed, Schiff has been asked about this multiple times but maintained he had just found out. It was a total con job, though most media will never call him on it.
Republican committee members figured out, though, looking at Schiff’s tweets before the briefing that he had to have known what was coming. Assuming the “whistleblower” would be coming to testify, they prepared the questions anyone would ask this person –- such as “Who did you talk to; when did you talk to them?” but haven't had the chance to ask. The complaint does not cite multiple sources or first-hand accounts, as the report of a serious intelligence officer would do. There’s only hearsay; in that respect, it’s more like the unverifiable Steele “dossier” than a real intelligence report.
Who can believe anything Schiff says after all this? The President said Wednesday that he suspects Schiff even had a hand in writing the complaint. This would certainly be consistent with what we’ve learned, and it’s time to look closely and see if his fingerprints are on it. Intuition says they are, but as we are not Democrats, we will have the evidence before we make the accusation.
But, anyway, THIS is the guy whom Nancy Pelosi personally put in charge of the impeachment inquiry. There are now calls for this political hack and proven liar to, at the very least, recuse himself from the inquiry. He certainly should not be in charge of it. How about having HIM sworn in to answer questions about this under oath? How about subjecting HIM to an ethics investigation?
Schiff might as well have been part of the anti-Trump conspiracy in 2016. In fact, maybe he was; as John Solomon reported back in February, he and Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS were seen at the same event in Aspen, Colorado. As Sean Hannity pointed out Wednesday night, this was during the summer of 2018, a time when Simpson was an important witness into his committee’s investigation into now-debunked allegations of Trump/Russia “collusion.” As if that weren’t enough, Schiff’s staff met with Michael Cohen for over 10 hours before his obviously orchestrated testimony before the House Oversight Committee.
The gloves are indeed off at this point. President Trump, during his press conference Wednesday with the president of Finland, called Schiff “a fraud” and “a shifty, dishonest guy” and Joe and Hunter Biden “stone cold crooked.” He certainly did go off on a diatribe, which even Brit Hume has since characterized as an inappropriate, rambling, imprecisely-spoken “freak-out” that might not help people like him very much at a time when he needs them to. Trump got so worked up that he was quite rude to a reporter who had politely asked him an appropriate question. Point taken, though Trump is understandably prickly and does have to stand up for himself, especially since many Republicans are sitting back.
There’s been some question as to what the investigation into the Bidens had to do with the 2016 election. At this writing it doesn’t seem to have been answered specifically, either by Trump or his spokespeople. But I would think it doesn’t really matter, as to be in compliance with a treaty that had been signed by President Clinton and Ukraine, Trump had the responsibility to bring up any and all concerns about corruption. The Biden issue would certainly qualify. And Trump mentioned the Bidens only briefly, in passing; President Zelensky has said he did not feel “pushed” at all. It really was a big nothing that has been turned, with a big “push” from Schiff, into something unrecognizable.
As for the 2016 campaign, thanks to press reports –- in POLITICO, not just in conservative media –- going back to early 2017, we also know now that the Ukrainians were working to help the Clinton campaign, and after “betting on the wrong horse,” they had to try to repair their relationship with President-elect Trump. As I said Wednesday, Republican senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson are asking Attorney General Barr to look into that, and he should.
John Solomon had the story on May 2 of this year, saying in THE HILL that “the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington says a Democratic National Committee insider [this was Alexandra Chalupa] during the 2016 election solicited dirt on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and even tried to enlist the country’s president to help.” Solomon's work from that time is even more significant now in light of what we know.
In closing, here’s a great report by Lee Smith in the NEW YORK POST about why the Democrats are suddenly pushing so hard for impeachment. It reiterates what we’ve said here about that, in such clear language that I’d say it’s a must-read.