After days of very serious revelations concerning the behind-the-scenes machinations going on among high-level FBI and DOJ officials –- a few of the texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page being open to interpretation, but overall, pretty doggone obvious –- it’s time for some comic relief!
Gosh, at a time when we’ve just about had our fill of incriminating glimpses into the ways our own government bureaucracy has been defying the Constitution to help elect Hillary Clinton and, failing that, to take down the duly elected President (make no mistake, that is clearly what was going on), we sure could use a good laugh. And here it is.
We’re just hearing this story now –- that in itself is interesting --- but last year, two Canadian radio DJs with Russian accents showed that when it comes to anti-Trump opposition research supposedly sourced from the Kremlin, California Rep. Adam Schiff is all too eager to acquire it. They accomplished this by “pranking” the Democrat: calling his office as morning radio jocks are wont to do and actually getting through to speak to him personally by pretending to be Russian operatives with damaging information on President Trump. How could he resist?
The recorded conversation plays like Boris Badanov and his cousin Ivan setting up an American politician with the towering intellect of Bullwinkle J. Moose.
Great stuff! A spokesperson for Schiff claims that their office knew the call was “probably bogus” and that he wasn’t really deceived by the “Russians.” If that’s the case, he did an amazing job of humoring these two “wild and crazy guys” and not letting his voice betray his suspicions in any way. He remains totally calm and understated throughout the call. He seems ready to follow up and even tells the “Russians” that his staff will do so, even saying they’ll get the proper spelling of words in the “code phrases” used by agents to transmit secret information. (That’s one of the funniest parts of the recording.) Apparently, actual Russians have had great fun with this audio, posting it with glee as an example of another dumb American falling for a practical joke.
Now, keep in mind that Adam Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and that lately he’s been the media’s go-to guy on all things related to the memos released by majority and minority committees. As cameras focus on his unnerving stare, he does his best to focus suspicion on the Trump administration, telling Buzzfeed (always eager to go with unverified stories) that there’s “certainly a lot of evidence” on collaboration with Russians but carefully declining to go into detail or to go on record saying there’s proof of a crime, because there isn’t any. But who needs an actual crime? If you recall, Donald Trump, Jr., was in jeopardy over that one brief meeting in Trump Tower for allegedly just showing WILLINGNESS to collaborate with Russians.
But what does this ridiculous radio prank suggest to us about Schiff? Ironically, that he himself was certainly open to...collaborating with Russians. Call out the Fed!
By the way, as eager as Schiff has been to surveil Trump and his associates, and to use fictional oppo-research to justify that, did you know that in 2013 he went on the infamous Putin-sponsored RUSSIA TODAY (RT) television outlet calling for more transparency on the issuance of surveillance warrants? That was then; this is now.
Schiff and other Democrats are also insisting, falsely, that Republicans are out to tar the FBI as a whole, from the lowest levels to the very top. On the contrary, we have repeatedly said we want to preserve the integrity of the FBI, not to damage it further, by taking it out from under the thumb of partisan politics. Schiff’s obvious tactics are transparent to anyone who’s not in the bag for the deep-state status quo. And his conversation with two “Russians” eager to give the Democrats some pictures of “naked Trump” is sure good for a laugh.
Something occurred to me after writing about California Rep. Adam Schiff getting “pranked” by those two Canadian DJs, and it might add to our understanding of whether or not he was really duped. I haven’t heard anyone else make this observation, so here goes…
For what it’s worth (precisely nothing), a spokesman for Schiff, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has said their office thought the call was “probably bogus.” But we can be sure someone as crafty as Adam Schiff –- and he’s on the Tenth Level Of Crafty –- would know a prank call was undoubtedly going to be recorded and shared far and wide to make him seem like an idiot. If he thought it was being recorded as a joke, why on earth would he be totally serious and play along so naturally? Answer: he wouldn’t. He’d offer some kind of “tell,” however slight, to let on that he knew it was a joke.
So, my bet is he thought it was real. It obviously never occurred to him that the call was being recorded –- except perhaps by Putin, whom the “Russians” had assured him was in on the scheme, anyway. And he was ready to collude with Russians (thickly-accented ones at that) to get pictures of “naked Trump.” When you know Schiff really bought in, it’s even funnier, right?
Hey, it’s evidence of his willingness to collude with Russians. So maybe he needs to stop accusing others of collusion when there’s no evidence whatsoever.