Selective release: Schiff under fire for unfair handling of hearing, ‘doctoring’ texts

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Dem Rep. Adam Schiff’s involvement with the so-called whistleblower at the center of the Ukraine controversy becomes more suspect by the day.

Criticism of Schiff, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, ramped up on Thursday after a closed-door testimony of US special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker.

Schiff, who is already suspected of setting up the “whistleblower” in an effort to nail Trump with impeachment, ran the hearing and was promptly slammed by Republican Rep Jim Jordan hours after it began.

Jordan accused Schiff of wanting to limit certain members from questioning on Volker, he also said the House Intel chair didn’t allow State Department counsel to participate.

“We have never, ever had an occasion where agency counsel was not allowed to participate…. And we’ve never seen a chairman suggest that members aren’t allowed to ask questions.”

“So, if this is how Mr. Schiff is going to conduct these types of interviews in the future,” Jordan said, “that’s a concern, as well.”


Unsurprisingly, Democrats and Republicans came away from the closed-door hearing with different takes, but new text messages obtained by Fox News between Volker, William Taylor, temporary ambassador to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union suggested “no quid pro quo’s of any kind.”

Jordan spoke to reporters after leaving the hearing and complimented Volker for being an exemplary witness. He said that his testimony did not in any way implicate Trump in a quid pro quo before slamming Schiff.

Republicans argue that if a quid pro quo was delivered to Ukraine, it was from former Vice President Joe Biden.

GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin believed Volker’s testimony all but exonerated Trump.

“The allegations of a quid pro quo, basically today just blew a massive hole throughout the entirety of that argument,” Zeldin said.

“The administration is in an even stronger place today than they were this morning as a product of Ambassador Volker coming to testify.”

Both congressmen took to Twitter to deliver their conclusions:

“Solid witness!” Zeldin wrote as he called Volker “candid, genuine, informed.”

Republicans slammed House Dems for their tight grip on the process, saying Volker’s texts need to be released full-out, not “drip by drip.”

Schiff lied to the American people last week during an opening statement regarding President Trump’s phone call to Ukraine President Zelensky to make it appear as though Trump delivered a quid pro quo. Why wouldn’t Schiff pull the same kind of dirty tricks with the texts?

Despite mounting evidence against Democrats’ impeachment inquiry and their unethical behavior to get it done, Dem Rep. Eric Swalwell came away from the testimony selling the following take:

“We saw further evidence that there was a shadow shakedown going on,” Swalwell said.

Regardless of Democrat-spin, Republicans appeared much more energized and vocal after the testimony. Jordan even received a shout-out from the man at the center of it all, President Trump.


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