Adam Schiff had already been called out at Thursday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing by reading false dialogue from the much-debated phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but he really went off the rails in his closing remarks.
Speaking to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, Schiff said, “No one has any question about your devotion to the country. No one has any question about your acting in good faith. I want to make that very clear. I think you’re a good and honorable man.”
This is a head-scratching statement as Schiff is one of multiple Democrats who previously accused Maguire of being involved in a coverup regarding both Trump’s Ukraine phone call and the following whistleblower complaint — something Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe pointed out when he said that Democrats are trying to impeach Trump for “lawful” actions.
Schiff went on to say that he is “deeply concerned” about the “message” Thursday’s hearing sends to “other whistleblowers” — another strange statement since both the transcript of the call and the whistleblower complaint have been released and, as Ratcliffe and others pointed out, the complaint is not based on any firsthand information.
“If the subject of a complaint can stop that complaint from getting to Congress then the most serious complaints may never get here,” Schiff said.
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Schiff went on to thank the “whistleblower for their courage” and slid into a bizarre tirade in his final moments before adjourning the hearing.
“I have to say to our friends in Ukraine who may be watching, just how distressing it is that as their country fights to liberate itself from Russian oppression, as it fights to root out corruption in their own country, that what they would be treated to by the president of the United States would be the highest form of corruption in this country,” Schiff said.
Schiff claimed Trump was sending a “message” to Ukraine that a leader can manipulate their Justice Department to their own will. Again, there is no basis for what Schiff is saying. He is clinging to conspiracy theories that fellow lawmakers tore apart during Thursday’s hearing.
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“I just want to say to the people of Ukraine: we support you in your fight with Russia. We support you in your struggle for democracy,” Schiff later added. “We support you in your efforts to root out corruption. And what you are witnessing and what you are seeing in the actions of this president is not democracy, it is the very negation of democracy.”
Schiff went on to call the clown show of a hearing he presided over: “This is democracy, as ugly as it can be.”
So Schiff’s idea of “democracy” is openly lying in a House hearing — but hiding behind a “parody” defense — and claiming a president he doesn’t like committed a crime when all the available evidence says otherwise.
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