Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) became the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on January 3, 2019. Congressional committees such as this are supposed to monitor the executive branch and expose wrongdoing.
Schiff has made no secret that he plans to probe President Trump’s business finances, notably to find out if the Russians were laundering money for the Trump Organization. He is concerned that Russian interference (here we go again) continues to wreak havoc on U.S. foreign and national security policies.
Schiff believes that Trump “went beyond using his campaign and the Presidency as a vehicle for advancing his business interests, speculating that he may have shaped policy with an eye to expanding his fortune. ‘There’s a whole constellation of issues where that is essentially the center of gravity. Obviously, that issue is implicated in efforts to build Trump Tower in Moscow. It’s implicated in the money that Trump is bragging he was getting from the Saudis. And why shouldn’t he love the Saudis? He said he was making so much money from them.”
In fact, Trump has transacted business in the Arab Emirates. He sold a hotel to a Saudi prince, an apartment close to the United Nations worth $4.5-million to the Saudi government, and many other apartments to Saudi nationals. Bookings from Saudi visitors at Trump hotels in New York and Chicago have risen since Trump’s 2016 Republican election win.
And, for reasons unknown, Trump has not yet retaliated against the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite condemning evidence that Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince and supposed head of state, issued a death warrant.
In February 2019, Schiff “hired a veteran prosecutor with experience fighting Russian organized crime to lead his investigation of the Trump Administration.” For the ten years between 2007 and 2017, Goldman worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. In that position, he combatted Russian organized crime.
Goldman joined the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as a senior adviser and the director of investigations. Two other former federal prosecutors will complete Schiff’s anti-Trump team.
Schiff and company plan to investigate the President’s private interest in building a Trump Tower in Moscow. Surely, he must have made nice with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Evidence does show that the Russians did interfere with the 2016 U.S. election, hacking into emails and posting on social media pro-Trump and anti-Clinton messages and memes. Trump insists that he knew nothing about this – and the Mueller report, concluding a two-year investigation into these matters, agreed. There was no Russian collusion with Trump.
But Schiff and other fervent, impeachment-happy Democrats don’t believe all that hard FBI work, all those subpoenas, and that taxpayer money spent to demonstrate Trump’s innocence.
When is enough enough? American pollster, political consultant, and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway “called out” Rep. Schiff and said he “ought to resign today” after “peddling lies” about Trump-Russian collusion.
According to Conway, Schiff “has been on every TV show 50 times a day for practically the last two years promising Americans that the president would be impeached or indicted.”
While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, Schiff’s incessant drumbeat against Trump smacks of brainwashing the American people. The man was wrong and won’t admit it.
Now, he wants to spend more taxpayer dollars to prove he’s wrong – again. Schiff is so sure that Trump is guilty of dirty tricks with Russian leaders that he has threatened to subpoena the FBI report submitted to close the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and the Russians.
There was none.
On March 25, 2019, key Republicans called for Schiff to resign his post leading the House Intelligence Committee.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said:
“I am calling on him to leave the committee as chairman. He should apologize to the American public and he should step back from being chair of the intel committee.”
In response, Schiff resorted to good old rhetoric, repeating the phrase, “You Might Think It’s Okay” no less than 21 times in a speech he delivered on March 28 during a House Intelligence Committee open hearing.
He opened with, “My colleagues may think it’s okay that the Russians offered dirt on a Democratic candidate for President as part of what was described as the Russian government’s effort to help the Trump campaign” and wound up with, “You might think it’s okay that the national security adviser designate [Michael Flynn] secretly conferred with the Russian ambassador about undermining U.S. sanctions and you might think it’s okay that he lied about it to the FBI.”
Schiff continued to put words in everyone else’s mouths by saying, “You might say that’s all okay. You might say, ‘That’s just what you need to do to win.'”
The man who won’t let the Trump-Russia collusion matter die a dignified death defended the multi-million dollar expense coming our way by taking the moral high ground – as he sees it:
“But I don’t think it’s okay. I think it’s immoral, I think it’s unethical, I think it’s unpatriotic, and yes, I think it’s corrupt and evidence of collusion.”
So, like it or not, we U.S. taxpayers will be paying salaries for all the witch-hunters on the Schiff Intelligence Committee for months – perhaps even years – to come. Talk about unethical, unpatriotic, and corrupt.
Pot. Kettle. Black. Schiff.