He looks kind of goofy and unassuming with his distended eyes and his boyish grin. Some may even find him entertaining, like when he read his cute little made-up script of President Donald Trump playing a mob boss with melodramatic gusto on the floor of the House of Representatives.
But Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is a very sinister and dangerous man. Who has the gonads to stop a man who has already gotten away with so much without resistance? Will defiant letters and statements from Republicans be enough?
They have not formed a wall of opposition until now, perhaps because so many members of the party mumble double speak and have mixed motives. Until they come up with a workable game plan, the flagrant flouting of House rules will continue as long as the current Democratic leadership is in the majority.
He wants to destroy the president and he has given notice that he will do whatever it takes to get him. He has nothing but time. Like the weeks he spent helping a CIA whistleblower craft his complaint that Trump was abusing his power while on a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The whistleblower alleged that Trump used a quid pro quo to push him to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who was paid to serve on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.
The New York Times blew the lid off a cover-up of Schiff’s contacts with the whistleblower on Wednesday. A spokesman and current and former American officials revealed Schiff had knowledge of the allegations and assisted him with writing the complaint before it was formally filed on August 12.
Schiff had denied speaking with him on MSNBC’s Morning Joe last month stating, “We would love to talk directly with the whistleblower.” He violated House rules by withholding this information from the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes (R-CA).
The House of Representatives launched a so-called official impeachment inquiry into Trump Sept. 24 following the release of the complaint. Schiff has not come forward about his contacts with the whistleblower. He is turning the House Intelligence Committee into a kangaroo court.
Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans learned late Wednesday that Schiff had been granted authority and oversight responsibilities over the committee. Democrats informed them they would not be allowed to have equal representation or the opportunity to question Kurt Volker, former U.S. special representative to Ukraine, at a hearing on Thursday.
Volker resigned last week after he was named in the whistleblower’s complaint. He was the first key witness to testify in a closed-door hearing as part of the inquiry.
Outraged Ranking Republican member Michael McCaul (R-TX) wrote a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.) dismissing the legitimacy of the probe.
“There is not a ‘House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry. Official impeachment inquiries are initiated by the adoption of a House resolution empowering or creating a committee or task force to undertake such activities,” he wrote.
He argued that the House has not voted to take up a formal inquiry, regardless of the announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) on September 24.
“I was alarmed to learn – less than 24 hours before the first interview is scheduled to start – that it will be led by the Intelligence Committee and that questioning will be done solely by their staff,” he wrote.
“We were told that only a single Republican professional staffer from the Foreign Affairs Committee will be allowed to attend while the majority will have two,” McCaul added.
“These constraints on committee and Republican participation are unacceptable and at odds with House Rules and general fairness. We demand equal representation and participation in this inquiry, there is too much at stake for America and Congress.”
He insisted that under House Rules X and XI, Congress members from both parties must vote to create a special impeachment task force to carry out such proceedings.
“Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lacks the jurisdiction to investigate the Department of State’s conduct of United States foreign policy toward Ukraine. That prerogative belongs to our members,” wrote McCaul.
He cited impeachment proceedings of former president’s Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. In both cases the Judiciary Committee debated and reported a resolution authorizing the Judiciary Committee to investigate whether there were sufficient grounds to impeach the President. This was followed by a debate and full vote of the House of Representatives. Pelosi has not scheduled any debates or votes.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy also mocked the turd show in the House on Fox News’ Fox and Friends on Thursday.
“All this talk we’ve had in the last few days about subpoenas, there’s no subpoenas. They wrote a couple of snippy letters which, in them, made the preposterous claim that if you don’t do everything we say in the letter we’re going to cite you with obstruction. It’s not an enforceable legal document,” said McCarthy.
“If they were serious about this they would vote it because then they would have an inquiry and they would issue subpoenas. But they don’t want to do that because subpoenas get litigated in court. People get to move to quash the subpoenas and make legal arguments against them and they would have to explain to a federal judge, why haven’t you voted for impeachment? This isn’t the House of Representatives looking for impeachment. This is Nancy Pelosi has decreed we have an impeachment inquiry,” McCarthy explained.
But they don’t want to do that because subpoenas get litigated in court. People get to move to quash the subpoenas and make legal arguments against them and they would have to explain to a federal judge, why haven’t you voted for impeachment? This isn’t the House of Representatives looking for impeachment. This is Nancy Pelosi has decreed we have an impeachment inquiry,” he said.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley unloaded on Schiff in an interview on Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum.
“Listen, Adam Schiff lied about having quote-unquote stone-cold evidence about Russia collusion,” he said. “He lied when he passed his own words off as President Trump’s to Congress and the American people in the transcript. And he lied about this whistleblower, as you played the video on Sept. 17 saying he didn’t know anything about it. This is far past disingenuous. It’s far past dishonorable. This is dangerous and it’s got to come to a stop.”