It was interesting to see Rep. Adam Schiff accuse Republicans of deploying a strategy common to criminal defense attorneys on Thursday, telling the public that when a defendant has no escape from the facts, he turns things around to put the government on trial. While this may be a tried-and-true strategy, Schiff’s complaint ignores the fact that no one in this matter is acting more like defense attorneys than he and his Democrat cohorts. The first big job for any criminal defense lawyer is to find any way possible to suppress evidence and keep it from the eyes of the jury. A good lawyer will challenge nearly every piece of damning evidence in the hopes of getting the judge to rule it inadmissible. The logic is simple and sound: If the jury never sees it, it doesn’t exist.
Now ask yourself: Of Republicans and Democrats, which party is trying to suppress the evidence?
After trying unsuccessfully to block a vote on making the controversial “Nunes Memo” public, Schiff went on a tour of cable TV to denounce the document before trying yet again to suppress its contents. On Wednesday, he claimed that the vote to release the memo was no longer valid because Republicans had made changes to the document before sending it to the White House for review.
“The White House has therefore been reviewing a document since Monday night that the committee never approved for public release,” Schiff wrote. “While the majority’s changes do not correct the profound distortions and inaccuracies in your document, they are nonetheless substantive.”
In a rebuttal, a spokesman for the House Intelligence Committee said that Schiff and his fellow Democrats were embarrassing themselves in their efforts to keep this evidence of intelligence community wrongdoing away from the American people.
“In its increasingly strange attempt to thwart publication of the memo,” the spokesman said, “the committee minority is now complaining about minor edits to the memo, including grammatical fixes and two edits requested by the FBI and by the minority themselves.”
Now that’s funny! Schiff and the Democrats are claiming that the release of this memo would harm our intelligence sources and diminish the reputation of law enforcement, but when the Republicans make changes at the request of the FBI (and the Dems themselves), he says the memo is substantively changed and the vote to release it is no longer valid.
And he has the audacity to accuse Republicans of behaving like criminal defense lawyers!
Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are waging an all-out war to convince Americans that their version of the truth is the real one. We would encourage people to put aside their political beliefs for a moment, look at the plain facts, and determine which party seems interested in full transparency and disclosure and which party seems interested in keeping the evidence hidden away in a locked vault. And then determine what that might mean for their respective narratives.