This past week, all the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee called on chairman Adam Schiff to step down, saying they had no faith in his leadership and he had discredited the committee by continuing to promote a “demonstrably false narrative” that President Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 election. That includes claiming on numerous media outlets that he has evidence to back those accusations, yet never providing any.
After the revolt, Schiff went on a rant and doubled-down, listing all the ways in which Trump or his associates allegedly engaged in illegal or suspicious behavior. But once again, he provided no evidence, and the things he mentioned that are now in the public sphere he got wrong in easily-refuted ways, as you can read at this link.
One that I’m particularly tired of is the worn-out hooey that Trump, as Schiff put it, “called on Russia to hack his opponent’s emails if they were listening.” As I noted at the time and have reminded people ever since, Trump was making a joke, and a pretty funny one at that.
Trump didn’t call on Russia to hack his opponent, he suggested sarcastically that if the FBI, as it claimed, couldn’t “find” or recover over 30,000 of Hillary Clinton’s emails after she’d erased her unsecured email server, scrubbed it with Bleach Bit software and had it pounded with a hammer, they should ask Russia for them. Does Schiff seriously believe Trump was calling on the Russians to hack her off-line, scrubbed, smashed server? How?!
Since Rep. Schiff is as bereft of humor as he is intelligence (he should never be allowed on either an intelligence committee or a humor committee), I’ll try to explain the joke to him: it was funny because everyone assumed at the time that Russia had long ago obtained all of Hillary’s emails due to her cavalier (and illegal) lack of concern for keeping her classified communications secure.
Trump could just as easily have made the same joke about China or North Korea. It would've been just as funny and made the same point. But then, we would’ve had to listen to Adam Schiff yammering on for two years about Chinese collusion or North Korean collusion. Maybe I’d better stop before I give him any more stupid ideas.