by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was positively apoplectic in January when House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) denied him membership on the House Intelligence Committee he had led for the past four years.
In an interview with CNN at the time, congenital liar Schiff “tripled down” on the Russian collusion hoax. He wanted to “set the record straight.” He said, “If you read the Mueller report, he makes clear … that he states no conclusion on whether Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with the Russians.”
Separately, Schiff tweeted, “Kevin McCarthy just kicked me and @RepSwalwell off the Intelligence Committee. This is petty, political payback for investigating Donald Trump. If he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out just how wrong he is. I will always defend our democracy.”
For more than three years, Schiff had been the face of the Democrats’ failed attempt to connect former President Donald Trump to the Russians. He arrived in Washington, D.C., in 2001 and remained obscure until he recognized his moment had come at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
He quickly became a cheerleader for the Democrats’ narrative that the Russians had hacked the DNC’s computerto help Trump win the election. Happy to talk to any reporter, he soon became the “go-to guy” for anything related to the FBI’s bogus investigation into the Trump campaign and the Mueller investigation that followed. Schiff was finally receiving the attention he’d craved for so long, and he clearly relished it. He never missed an opportunity to assure the public that evidence of Trump’s collusion with Russia was hiding in plain sight. He’d found his niche.
Crestfallen after the Mueller investigation came up empty-handed in the spring of 2019, he seized upon Trump’s July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his next act. Schiff’s deceitful, manipulative actions in using that call to impeach Trump could fill a book.