Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has played extremely loose with the truth since President Trump took office. On countless occasions, Schiff has taken to the cable news airwaves to hurl unsubstantiated accusations at President Trump, his campaign team, and even the former committee chairman, Devin Nunes. Incessantly suggesting that he held more cards than the public knew about, Schiff continually promised that Trump would be found guilty of colluding with the Russians to interfere in the 2016 election. And when the Mueller Report was released, debunking these claims, did Schiff resign in disgrace? Of course not, he merely pivoted cleanly to “obstruction of justice,” putting all those lies in the rearview mirror.
Last week, however, Schiff’s penchant for deceit caught up to him.
In a hearing with Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, Schiff opened the proceedings with his “summary” of Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But knowing that there wasn’t nearly enough in the actual text of the transcript to make a powerful case against Trump, Schiff decided to…well, color outside the lines a bit.
“We’ve been very good to your country. Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what? I don’t see much reciprocity here,” Schiff said, playing the role of Trump. “I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you, though, and I’m gonna say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it — on this and on that.
“I’m gonna put you in touch with people and not just any people,” he continued. “I’m gonna put you in touch with the attorney general of the United States, my attorney general, Bill Barr. He’s got the whole weight of the American law enforcement behind him and I’m gonna put you in touch with Rudy [Giuliani].”
Schiff later tried to claim this was merely a “parody” of the Trump call (because apparently Schiff thinks a House Intelligence hearing is the proper place to audition for SNL). We’re not sure about characterizing it as a “parody,” but we could almost forgive Schiff for using creative license to exaggerate.
Except it wasn’t that, either. Because there is no mention on the call whatsoever about “reciprocity.” And there damn sure is no mention of getting the Ukrainians to “make up dirt” on Joe Biden. This is where Schiff’s defense falls flat. This is where he can be credibly accused of trying to mislead and deceive the American people.
“Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called ‘Whistleblower,’ represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way,” President Trump tweeted. “Then Schiff made up what I actually said by lying to Congress.
“His lies were made in perhaps the most blatant and sinister manner ever seen in the great Chamber,” he continued. “He wrote down and read terrible things, then said it was from the mouth of the President of the United States. I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason.”
Well, treason might be a bit out of hand, but you can’t blame Trump for feeling passionately angry about this entire fiasco. Down to their last desperate hand before the election roars into full swing, the Democrats are substituting “Ukraine” for “Russia” and once again lying to the public about Trump’s conduct.
If we didn’t have the uneasy feeling that a lot of Americans are falling for this (again), it would be almost funny.