In the aftermath of closing arguments in the Senate impeachment trial, House manager Adam Schiff has not come off well.

True, Barbra Streisand tweeted that “Adam Schiff is so impressive. His knowledge of the law...his passion...his articulateness. His sincerity! He speaks the truth and would make a great president.” Personally, I think the best reason of all NOT to vote for someone for President is that Barbra Streisand said he’d make a great President.

But there has also been quite a bit of this: “...Schiff is not just dumb, he’s so deluded it’s bordering on the very kind of insanity Einstein spoke about.” And it continues: “Schiff is obsessed with Donald Trump. I don’t just mean he’s got a bit of a problem with him; I mean he’s pathologically demented in his absolute detestation of all things Trump. Every day since Trump was elected, Schiff’s been plotting to try to get rid of him…The impeachment has been about Adam Schiff, his ego and his career.”

And how about this: Adam Schiff, with his “curiously smug bug-eyed smirk” is “a man whose stratospheric ego is matched only by his astonishing superciliousness...”

Who do you think said all this? Some wild-eyed far-right-wing conspiracy theorist? Was it Dan Bongino? Sean Hannity? Maybe Devin Nunes? Me?

No, it was Piers Morgan, in a February 3 opinion piece for the Daily Mail. (If it had been me, I would have included the word “weasel.”)

According to Morgan, Adam Schiff “put his own gigantic ego and steely political ambition ahead of his party” and, with this monumental failure, helped his political nemesis get re-elected as President this coming November. He notes that the polls have been moving up for Trump throughout this impeachment process, especially on his handling of the economy, with its record low unemployment and overall stock market performance. I would add that thanks to Schiff and those in cahoots with him, Trump is coming across right now –- for the most part –- as the adult in the room, the man who’s keeping his head while all about him are losing theirs and blaming it on him (thank you, Rudyard Kipling). The same goes for his outstanding legal team, who acted like professional adults while the House managers were lying outrageously and calling names.

Adam Schiff has campaigned incessantly to get rid of Trump, Morgan says, though I would add that “The Squad” and others in the far-left, “impeach the **” crowd have pushed just as hard and deserve similar condemnation. Schiff, though, was and is the face of this impeachment. He’s the one who led the way with lie after demonstrable lie and who shoved through those horrendously unconstitutional committee rules that called for secret hearings in a secure basement “skiff” and completely shut out the President’s defense. He will go down in history for that.

It wasn’t just that Schiff conducted the impeachment improperly; Morgan thinks he was insane for starting an impeachment in the first place. Morgan didn’t like Trump’s phone call --- he thought Trump did something “stupid” --- but he’s never thought it rose to the level of an impeachable act. And with Republicans in the majority in the Senate (thank God), his efforts were destined to fail. Everyone knew that.

From a political standpoint, it was indeed stupid to hand the President another big win, as he’d already beaten Robert Mueller and the whole bloodthirsty, relentless special counsel team. In Morgan’s words, the Russia collusion allegation “was all bullsh*t.” He goes on to say that with Schiff’s D.O.A. impeachment, “they pulled the trigger on a hyper-partisan political gun that was only ever going to fire bullets into their 2020 election chances.”

It seems Schiff has attracted condemnation from both sides. Leftists and other anti-Trumpers hate him for giving the President a victory that will help propel him into another term. Trump supporters can’t stand him for his many shameless lies, his attacks on the Constitution and the damage he’s done, plus the huge waste of everybody’s time. If he thought he was going to further his political career, he may have done just the opposite. On the other hand, he does represent California --- and he at least can be assured of Barbra Streisand’s vote.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7961369/Sanctimonious-Schiff-impeachment-left-Democrats-needing-Hail-Mary-November.html

And remember my commentary from yesterday about how Alan Dershowitz is being trashed in order to delegitimize the President’s acquittal? Some legal “experts,” including Michael Gerhardt, who was on the panel of impeachment witnesses on “legal expert day” in the House, are saying the entire White House defense team could be brought up on ethics charges. Not the lying house managers Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler –- the WHITE HOUSE lawyers. He says THEY were lying. I kid you not.

But Jonathan Turley, the law professor serving on that same panel whose argument “helped” Trump by sticking to constitutional principles (even though, like Dershowitz, he’s not a Trump supporter) struck back with an excellent commentary, saying “The White House team were effective advocates for their clients and we do not disbar lawyers for making arguments or defending individuals that we do not like.”

Gerhardt, a legal analyst for CNN (big shock), said this to host Poppy Harlow: “I think what we are seeing...is that the lawyers who presented [Trump’s] case in the Senate basically misled or lied to the Senate. And so...at some point, we are going to see ethics charges brought against these lawyers for making false statements, which we all know are false.” But he is never specific about what statements are false, and Turley admonishes him by saying, “It is incumbent on an attorney to be specific about the false representation” when calling for ethics charges. In fact, he even warns Gerhardt that impugning the conduct of other lawyers without sufficient support can, in itself, be an ethics violation.

Turley gives the White House lawyers credit for showing that it was the House managers who misrepresented facts that were in the record. He points out that Adam Schiff was given four Pinocchios by the WASHINGTON POST for his denial of any contact between his staff and the “whistleblower.” Schiff still maintains the ridiculous farce that he doesn’t even know who the “whistleblower” is. I’d say that if we’re going to start throwing around ethics charges, Schiff should be at the top of the list.

“Lawyers often present one-sided views of the record that the other side views as unfair or unsupported,” Turley says of Gerhardt. “We do not declare on national television that the entire opposing legal team ‘will’ (not even ‘may be’) called before the bar.”

As for Schiff, I thought it was funny that after delivering piles of unsubstantiated drivel on the Senate floor on Monday, he said this: “He is who he is. Truth matters little to him. What’s right matters even less. And decency matters not at all.” It was funny because even though I knew he was talking about Trump, he was actually describing himself.

https://jonathanturley.org/2020/02/02/gerhardt-the-entire-white-house-defense-team-will-face-bar-charges/

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  • Jennette Smith

    06/25/2020 01:07 AM

    Schiff should have been kicked out of office for his ignorant actions. He is a wacko & if his constituents vote him back in then they are as crazy as he is!!

  • Ronald Michael Varni

    02/08/2020 01:53 PM

    There are so many radical Democrats that do not belong in our Government. Think 10 times before voting for any Democrat. They are terrible for being wrong all the time.

  • Beverly R Miller

    02/07/2020 11:37 PM

    Since the Dems have wasted the tax payers money and the President was acquitted I think they should have to repay for the time and money spent. Impeachment would be thought about a few more times before action is taken.

  • gerri L morgan

    02/07/2020 01:52 AM

    Wonder how bug-eyed Shifty Schiff will feel when the schiff hits the fan, and it's a coming in the form of a boomerang.

  • I totally agree with you Mike.

    02/07/2020 12:26 AM

    Thank you Mike for standing up for "Truth"

  • Kevin McManus

    02/06/2020 11:24 PM

    Great post Gov!

  • Shirley Jeanes

    02/06/2020 05:44 PM

    What are the chances of legal action against the house managers for their waste of Tax Payers time and money, despicable misrepresentation, lies and continual repetition of lies , especial Shiff, Pelosi and that other guy .....starts with M......cannot even say his name.

  • Billie Sage

    02/06/2020 04:49 PM

    Adam Schiff doesn't know diddly shit about the law !! All he does know about , is being Nancy's bitch . He better wake up . It could cost him his next election .

  • Dusty

    02/06/2020 12:47 AM

    Feel sad for old Barbra. She was one super singer and a few good movies but she appears to be like a hermit today. You see her out once and a blue moon to some kind of a show. Not much else. For a Jewish gal who cannot support this President who has been doing much for the Jewish people and for Israel I do not know where she is coming from. Guess she is just part of that Hollyweird mentality . Not part of the real world of us the Deploratbles out here just trying to work and take care of our families. So ignore and maybe she will go away.

  • Debra Mackney

    02/05/2020 03:56 PM

    I tried to watch the congressional proceedings. It was truly shameful and utterly maddening to see the outright lies and half truths that the dems put out. I am sick at heart for our country. When people like the Biden's Pelosi's and Kerry's can use a country like Ukraine to enrich themselves in a corrupt company and then accuse the President of abuse of power for insisting on an investiagation into their wrong doing, if we as Americans allow them to get away with that, God help us.

  • Christopher P Kelley

    02/05/2020 03:31 PM

    Mike Smith, Don't forget the poor, benumbed CNN "captive audience" chained to chairs in airport lounges, awaiting storm-delayed flights...
    WHEN will CNN be "relieved" of its MONOPOLY on airport TV screens? Anyone up to starting a National Petition to end this Reign of Torture?

  • Arthur Fox

    02/05/2020 02:10 PM

    Mike, I too was apalled by the Speaker's tearing up of the President's speech. But let us not imitate the Democrats and leave out this point to balance it. I can understand why, but I think it was wrong, for the President to refuse to shake Speaker Pelosi's hand when she offered it. It could have been a moment when he showed himself to be a better man than she showed herself as a lady.

  • Mike Smith

    02/05/2020 01:55 PM

    Hi Governor,
    About the comment by Mr Turley - "Turley says of Gerhardt. “We do not declare on national television that..." It's really OK because Gerhardt wasn't actually ON national TV, he was only on CNN. Their audience is only other media types and a few politicians. So, it's OK, nobody else heard about it until it was quoted in order to call him out.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    02/05/2020 12:46 PM

    I have not been able to watch the impeachment trial much, I have seen highlights and lowlights. For me it was like watching mobsters trying to pull out Trumps fingernails, with pliers, in order to punish him, for winning a rigged game. President Trump and his family have been relentlessly tortured by the Dems and the media--it makes me sick. Trump's SOTU speech was amazing and so uplifting while the Dems sat and pouted like 2 yr olds. It is wonderful to see how much he has accomplished while being under constant attack---no one else would have endured this assault, but he didn't just endure--he excelled!

  • Melinda Long

    02/05/2020 10:21 AM

    it was the House managers who misrepresented facts that were in the record.----EXACTLY---Schiff is the biggest liar alive!

  • Darryl K Simmoms

    02/05/2020 07:56 AM

    Watched a glorious speech about American values and it got so long I almost got tired of WINNING!

  • Keith Petty

    02/05/2020 07:08 AM

    Thank you, Mike! Your voice of fact, reason and perception of today’s political society is special.

    Also, I was saddened to hear about cancer striking America’s extraordinary man. He is unique in many ways, but his ability to discern the political schemes of the Democrats, sometimes before they’ve even created them, is remarkable.Consider this, if we do lose this great conservative voice, God forbid, who will stand to take his place? Can you say Mike Huckabee?

  • Geraldine Barnes

    02/05/2020 01:39 AM

    Governor Huckabee, you along with Mr Turley and Mr Dershowitz are right on the money. What I can’t understand...A.S. Is not being taken to task. It seems he can bluster and blow and get away with it. Why?
    The Presidents speech hit all that is important for our Country. God love the man. And you too, Gov.

  • Susan Gail McCoy

    02/05/2020 12:10 AM

    First off, I cannot stand Barbara Streisand. Second of all , Shifty Schiff, I do believe, he has a medical and mental problems. I would never vote for him or the "squad". Nor would I ever vote for another Clinton . I think President Trump has done an excellent job as President, in the face of the constant adversity. Trump
    2020 for me . God Bless America, and The entire Trump family ! Thank you for the wonderful job you have done as President!

  • Vernon Thompson

    02/04/2020 10:52 PM

    If S**T were a Snowstorm, Adam Schiff would be a walking blizzard!!!!

  • ann harder

    02/04/2020 10:22 PM

    I take comfort knowing the LORD will deal with schiff..........I don't have to...........HIS wheels grind and turn slowly but very fine........

  • Sunny

    02/04/2020 09:52 PM

    The last paragraph says it all.

  • Sarah

    02/04/2020 08:03 PM

    Thank you for this. I value you and your family!

  • joseph orsini PhD

    02/04/2020 08:01 PM

    WHY do none of Trump's supporters talk about how the stock market rising has added $ BILLIONS to public employees' retirement funds?

  • Reta LaCasse

    02/04/2020 07:45 PM

    I'm sick of the Democrats getting away with putting what they do to break the law on our President, wasting tax payer money. It's time the law goes after them. I want them behind bars for life......