If Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) earns even a footnote in history textbooks, it will be as one of the lead liars in the Russian hoax. From the very beginning, the bug-eyed barrister from Burbank claimed to have proof that President Trump colluded with the Russians. He never delivered on that proof. And thanks to Robert Mueller’s performance at his congressional hearings, which one Democrats described as “a train wreck,” Schiff’s claims seems more nonsensical than ever.
Which may be why Schiff, after two-plus of insisting on moving ahead with articles of impeachment, took a giant step backward yesterday from that position.
On CNN’s “New Day,” he praised Mueller’s performance as powerful, which sounds about right for Schiff (video below). At the same time, he gave little weight to the possibility of Trump being impeached, saying the only way he’s leaving office, at this point, is “by being voted out.” Said Schiff:
Well, I think for the first time, people got to hear from the man who did the investigation himself. His work was not filtered by Bill Barr who misrepresented it. It wasn’t filtered by the president who certainly misrepresents it on a daily basis.
But this is guy who spent the last two years of his life, has served the country his entire life talking, about that work and laying out how unethical, unpatriotic, criminal these actions are to willingly accept help from a foreign government to obstruct justice. So I think hearing that from the man who did the work was powerful.
The only thing powerful about Mueller’s testimony was the feeling of sadness it engendered in those who watched it. But I digress.
We do need to be realistic, and that is, the only way he’s leaving office, at least at this point, is by being voted out, and I think our efforts need to be made in every respect to make sure we turn out our people. Should we put the country through an impeachment? I haven’t been convinced yet that we should. Going through that kind of momentous and disruptive experience for the country, I think, is not something we go into lightly.
But making false claims about a president is something Schiff does go into lightly. And those claims will continue. Schiff talks about Trump’s actions putting this country in danger, but he doesn’t really care about the country. He cares about his party more than national security. That was proven when he became Barack Obama’s “house Jew” and helped lead the effort to sell America on the lousy Iran deal. The same could be said about his Chairman-partner-in-crime Jerrold Nadler.
Their only purpose in pushing the false Russia/obstruction narrative has always been about returning the Oval Office to Democratic hands. They never cared about the truth, nor did they care that the American people wanted Donald Trump to be their president. Even his step back from impeachment has nothing to do with what he believes. He’s only backing away to protect 2020 Democratic votes and to raise his standing among the party leadership. Schiff doesn’t really believe what he says; he has no conscience.
To paraphrase Shiff during the Mueller hearing: We can — and must — decide that this centuries-old experiment we call America is worth cherishing. And the only way to do that is to stop the Democrats’ effort to overturn the 2016 election and to make sure they lose again in 2020.
Cross posted at The Lid