Thoughts after Adam Schiff's House Intelligence Committee hearing

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September 27, 2019

It’s hard to know where to start in dissecting the House Intelligence Committee’s questioning of acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, particularly the disgraceful performance of Chairman Adam Schiff. So I’ll ease into it by quoting former independent prosecutor Ken Starr, in a Thursday night interview with FOX News’ Shannon Bream:

“I think we need a little dignity in Washington,” he said, “on both sides of the aisle. It would be helpful if we just said, ‘Mr. Chairman, we call you on this. You call the President because of his tweets, or whatever; why don’t you show some dignity, especially since you knew you were playing to the crowd?'  I just think it’s this constant...” and then he trailed off, maybe because it’s hard to end that thought with a word that can be used on TV. Then he went on: “What I would say is, let’s have a full debate instead of the kind of show that we had today [Thursday], where I think the vice-admiral [Maguire], who has had such an exemplary career, was calumnied [maliciously defamed] in a very, I think, vicious way, and it was very unbecoming to the House of Representatives and the Intelligence Committee to do that...Today was an oversight hearing, but it’s masquerading as impeachment.”


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Mr. Starr was much more diplomatic and polite than I feel like being at this point, and I’m pretty well known for being diplomatic and polite. Schiff's cringeworthy exhibition put our whole legislative branch in the worst possible light. Schiff was at his shiftiest; he should look back at this and be embarrassed and deeply ashamed, but he won’t be. Based on his opening statement –- the one he laughably defended later as a “parody” –- which put words in the President’s mouth that we know he never said and completely misrepresented his phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, Schiff personifies the scummiest, slimiest sleazebag attorney whoever inspired a lawyer joke.

What do you call Adam Schiff losing re-election? A good start.

And yet, if you look at his Twitter account, he’s got lots of followers who think he’s a true patriot (!) and the greatest thing since sliced ham. But let’s move on –- there’s so much in the news today about all this that I’d just as soon not dwell on that travesty of a hearing that he chaired.

One reason the Democrats are behaving this way now is that Trump, during “the” phone call with Zelensky, referenced a cybersecurity company called CrowdStrike, which was hired by the Democratic National Committee to look into allegations that Russia had hacked their computer server. Recall that then-DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz refused to turn over their computer hardware to the FBI for analysis. CrowdStrike handled it instead and issued their finding that, yep, it was the Ruskies, all right. The Obama FBI allowed this (they would), but Trump’s FBI and DOJ is focused on finding out exactly by what means the files were compromised and by whom. The “Russia” narrative could end up being shattered, replaced by some other perhaps very disturbing truth.

The closer Trump and the DOJ get to the real story of the Russia hoax, the more the Democrats will behave like junkyard dogs. They’ll push even more relentlessly for impeachment (or the strange business they’re doing now, “impeachment”) and lie even harder, though it’s hard to imagine after seeing Adam Schiff’s performance that anyone could do that.


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Of course, Rudy Giuliani has been doing some investigating as well, and now we know our own State Department had requested that he be involved. The so-called “whistleblower” apparently didn’t know they had done that, as this person accused him in the complaint of damaging national security by talking with the Ukrainians. Giuliani has plenty of documentation that State asked him, though, in the form of numerous texts to and from State Department officials. And in a Thursday night interview with Laura Ingraham, he pointed out that a remark in the complaint about Giuliani’s meeting being a “direct result” of Trump’s July call with President Zelensky is not correct --- and can’t possibly be true, because Giuliani’s meeting took place three days before Trump’s phone call.

That’s not the only inaccuracy. Although the complaint seems well crafted –- so much so that it’s obvious to some analysts such as Fred Fleitz* that this person had a great deal of lawyerly help in filling it out, probably from Intelligence Committee attorneys –- Giuliani alleged 16 places on the official form where the “whistleblower” either got something wrong or lied. Rudy also made a great point about credibility when it comes to hearsay witnesses: that for obvious reasons it’s not about THEIR credibility, but the credibility of the people who are speaking to them. Why the IG noted that this person was “credible” when he or she was supposedly passing on information received from others, he doesn’t know.

*Speaking of Fred Fleitz, here’s an outstanding piece he wrote listing eight major points about the “whistleblower” complaint. We had it in Wednesday’s Evening Edition, but I wanted to make sure you saw it.

Thread by @FredFleitz: "1/ As a former CIA analyst and former NSC official who edited transcripts of POTUS phone calls with foreign leaders, here are my thoughts on […]"

As for Giuliani, he reiterated what we’ve been talking about: that Ukrainian officials have insisted they had solid evidence of “collusion,” not between Trump and Russians but between Hillary’s campaign/DNC (same thing) and Ukrainians. “We believe George Soros is behind it,” Giuliani said, “because his company was involved in it...When Biden’s son’s case was dismissed, the other case the crooked new prosecutor had to dismiss was Soros’s case, which is why the Biden thing is relevant to ME...Had [Soros’s] case been allowed to go on, we would’ve had the evidence to refute the Mueller investigation on DAY ONE.”

Listening to Rudy, I can’t help thinking how fascinating it is the way all these people and their legal cases are connected and intertwined. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Soros connection were common to all, even to the point of funding the anti-Trump “whistleblowers.”

This is a very entertaining, long and wide-ranging interview, with Rudy in superb form. Did you know Kamala Harris is actually calling for the State Department to investigate HIM and those who worked with him and possibly have him disbarred? Giuliani says it’s because he’s uncovering details about various pay-for-play schemes, including the one involving the Clinton Foundation. He really lets fly in this conversation, and it’s great. Here’s the link…

Ingraham Angle

Finally, John Solomon broke the game-changing news about Joe Biden that he’d promised on Wednesday. He’s turned up hundreds of pages of never-released documents and memos that contradict Biden’s story about firing the Ukrainian prosecutor looking into Burisma, the natural gas company that had, for some reason, put his son Hunter Biden on its board.

It turns out that there WERE open investigations into Burisma going on at the time the firing occurred; news reports stating otherwise are wrong. Also, the portrayal of Shokin, the prosecutor Biden fired who has been said to be so corrupt, is very different here. These documents raise serious questions about Biden’s ethics and honesty.

Solomon: These once-secret memos cast doubt on Joe Biden's Ukraine story

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  • Kenneth Brack

    09/30/2019 09:19 AM

    Pelosi says that no one is above the law, meaning, of course, the President. Are chairmen of house committees above the law ? Hold Adam Schiff accountable for his lying account of the President's conversation. The bar for treason in this country is high. The case is unusual to say the least. It should be tested in a court of law. Charge Adam Schiff with treason.

  • Oscar Williams

    09/30/2019 09:07 AM

    So you buy and now move into a previously occupied house. You are aware that there will be things you will need to change, some minor, others not. Then, in the evening of the first day, you notice a rotten smell from outdoors. You investigate, and find the garbage can the culprit. It's full of "old trash" from a week before. You know you'll have to deal with this "trash", but since it's mid-hot-summer, there are MAGGOTS squirming around and in it! So, unpleasant as it is, you begin to clean it out. New FLIES buzz around your face, landing in your hair, trying to impart their STENCH in your hair, on your neck. But you battle through this FILTH, because you know that it does and will affect your good neighbors. Your family. If left unchanged, it will bring disease and harm to your neighborhood. So, though you are BOMBARDED by buzzing flies, their stench and swarm, YOU DO YOUR DUTY for your family and your neighborhood. Now, every time you have to "take out the TRASH", remember President Trump is "cleaning out the trash" for his good neighbors, his family. God Bless President Trump! God SAVE America!

  • Frank Chavez

    09/29/2019 05:32 PM

    One item I see missing is that the individuals who supposedly informed the whistle blower breached the "need to know" clause contained in all security matters by providing information, albeit, incorrect. They need to be identified and get accurate statements as to what was actually said. Additional, if anyone has worked with classified information, know that only approved classified servers can be used to store classified information, and there may be more than one. Idiot Post or Times need to look up what COOP means then they would understand the use of more that one classified server, (no hope on this). I find it odd that this agency was able to change the form and requirements for whistle blowers form from eye witness hearsay months before July. I surmise that this has been in the plan since Pelosi change House rules to permit this type of call for impeachment. I would not be surprised if pencil neck and his office assisted in this fabrication.

  • Emilie Diaz

    09/29/2019 03:12 AM

    It is disgusting what the dems are doing. When will we see repercussions against them?

  • Belinda Wilkinson

    09/28/2019 11:15 PM

    Please continue to inform the uneducated about the corruption. We are so tired of this double standard and no charges against the real criminals against our country. Somebody do something to hold them sometime and protect our president from this evil. God hear our cries!

  • gary stilwell

    09/28/2019 08:17 PM

    if you believe all the republicans are somehow "in the clear" with all this intrigue, you are mistaken. The dems are lunatics, but there are those who would (aid and abet them)--Drain the swamp!

  • gary stilwell

    09/28/2019 08:13 PM

    schiff is shifty for sure--he has a knack of turning around truth into fiction, and making it appear to be truth--DO NOT underestimate this subhuman---

  • Steven Miller

    09/28/2019 05:39 PM

    Mike, I read your columns/articles every day. I am refreshed to have such an intuitive individual such as yourself commenting on our fast paced current events on the side which I consider the most normal. I am a war wounded disabled Vet (a combat infantry medic), a product of the Vietnam War, but very proud of my life, accomplishments, and of the USA. My point to all this is that I have witnessed such changes to our country, both massive and subtle over the decades, that I am no longer enthused about our political process. I see our government of/by/for the people slipping away. In fact, I am disheartened about both political parties, especially the "socialist" democratic. I realize that we must insist on a minimum of two parties, but neither major party today seems to be worth its time or trouble. I even fear that President Trump may just decide to "walk" as he doesn't need all the daily controversy!
    Thanks for listening and continuing to do a great job on behalf of all of us who do have some degree/concern for the welfare of the USA.
    Steven Miller

  • Ruby Howell

    09/28/2019 12:39 PM

    I am so glad that the Dems are being investigated. I know that the Dems are fighting so hard to keep the cover over their corruption. The cover is about ready to come off & expose the corruption. The Dems are petrified. The American people need to know the truth.

  • LARRY HARRIS

    09/28/2019 11:36 AM

    please keep telling americans what those democrats are doing if they win, love to hear you when you are on the fox channel we live in Arkansas you were a good governor, I believe Sarah would be to love to listen to her also

  • David Colonna

    09/28/2019 11:34 AM

    How can Bozo the Clown Adam Schiff continue with this three ring circus. Does anyone know if Adam Schiff believes in the one true God, because God definitely does not like a liar and it can be very hard for him to make it to heaven lying so much without any repentance. It seems he was not raised very well as a child, has a lot of envy, jealousy and hatred in his heart. May God continue to reveal the truth about all the corrupt deep state swamp or Liberal Democrats!

  • Susan Eley

    09/28/2019 11:31 AM

    Schiff needs to be censored at the very least. Why don't the Republicans fight back??

  • Gail Gibson

    09/28/2019 11:20 AM

    This is now in the Congressional Record. How will it be looked at 50 years from now?

  • Judith Miller

    09/28/2019 10:36 AM

    Keep on exposing corruption; my vote is for President Trump. And where are the Republicans who should be supporting him?? Have they got tape over their eyes and mouths?

  • Jerry

    09/28/2019 10:35 AM

    I am stunned the media has Schiff Pelosi and Nadler and the gang of Anti Americans boosting on TV how terrible America and its elected leaders are then Pelosi gets in front of the camera and says this is the patriotic way of wanting to Impeach our President. The GOP has a few Men that are standing up to defend this country while the rest of the mice crawl into the wall and hide. I am calling out the GOP right or wrong to defend our country we can not allow a take over by the Communist party decency is almost gone honesty is no where to be found on the Left side of the isle if their is an isle left. On the right side we have people hiding the men and women are a disgrace to our species the left is fighting madly while right the takes the abuse like cowards and traitors. No one in the right mind can vote for a Lefty this country has an overflow of sick minds. GOP get off your fat ass and defend this country WE are paying you to do so.

  • BARRY LIGUS

    09/28/2019 10:23 AM

    Every time the extreme left raises its filthy head and acts George Soros is involved. Whether it's suppressing conservative speech, rioting against consetvative functions, or nefarious attempts at influencing elections Soros is involved.
    When is this former Nazi import going to be branded what he is, an internal threat to our society? Talk about treason...

  • Brad Whitehouse

    09/28/2019 09:22 AM

    May I strongly remind you of the next step in your predictions - DISCREDIT Barr and the DOJ. We are watching the set up as we speak. Can you hear me now? Brad

  • Debi Lundy

    09/28/2019 09:16 AM

    Because of Democrats behavior and continuous invasion of privacy on all levels concerning our President, the White House will be required to become less transparent and invoke the presidents privacy shutting out the Democrats. The way the White House does business from this day forward is severely impacted by the Democrats and only the Democrats!

  • Sandy Karlovsky

    09/28/2019 09:07 AM

    I TOTALLY agree with this statement. What has happened to RESPECT in this country? "Do unto others . . .

  • Ellen Klapperich

    09/28/2019 08:11 AM

    One could literally write a soap opera on Washington. As your stomach turns would be a fitting title. In all seriousness though, my stomach really is turning.

  • Cindy K

    09/28/2019 08:09 AM

    The legislative branch of our government has become the investigative branch on a level equal to the Jerry Springer show. You know when you drain a swamp and start to get to the bottom you find the most grotesque slime and it stinks to high heaven! Grab some nose plugs and drain on!

  • Kay DeWitt

    09/28/2019 06:10 AM

    You are wonderful, Mike Huckabee, for the life hours you give to uncover the truth in these demon inspired...never-ending...attacks on our President and it is time that we, who claim to know He who IS truth, stand WITH you, since we are not only called to give OUR life hours to honor the life hours YOU have given to go against these lies of the EVIL ONE, but we are also called to give our very lives for He who IS the TRUTH...to fight AGAINST he who is the LIE!

  • Diane Rowlands

    09/28/2019 12:20 AM

    I knew he was lying right away. I hope he doesnt get reelected.

  • DianeRowlands

    09/28/2019 12:17 AM

    Thank heavens we are getting to the bottom of this entire fiasco. Those Democrats are pitiful. I cant believe what they have done to our country. I'll never vote for any of them ever.

  • Dawn Street

    09/28/2019 12:00 AM

    We know Joe Biden is a liar and a crooked politician. What do the DemonRats think they are covering up? Biden bragged about his crooked pay to play activities. He was right there with
    Hunter, encouraging his son to be just as corrupt and crooked as Dad. That apple did not fall from the tree.

    And Adam Schitt? He is another corrupt and evil politician who does not know the truth when it is right in front of him. He just piles the lies up. He runs right out of committee hearings and leaks, no he doesn't leak, he PROJECTILE VOMITS secrets from the hearings. I am so sick of seeing him and hearing his voice. He needs to be recalled, impeached or arrested or all 3.