Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has been the undisputed ringleader of the hyper-partisan impeachment inquiry circus designed to topple President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 election.
The effort has been muddled at best, and now, Schiff has been called out for having “poisoned” the impeachment effort from the start with his duplicitous and partisan ways in a scorching op-ed from the editorial staff at the Boston Herald — which, while somewhat right-leaning, isn’t exactly a bastion of pro-Trump conservatism.
Lying from the start
The Herald launched right into things by describing Schiff as a “liability” to Democrats and impeachment due to how “disgracefully” he has attacked and opposed President Trump from day one of his presidency.
It was noted that Schiff has made it a habit of using “inflammatory” and even “destabilizing” rhetoric against the president — made all the more alarming due to his high-ranking position as a top committee chair — as part of a bid to discredit and undermine Trump’s administration.
Particularly egregious, in the view of the Herald, is how Schiff has blatantly lied to the American public for almost three years now about supposedly having evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, despite the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s exhaustive two-year investigation concluding otherwise.
Laundry list of abuses
The Herald also recalled how Schiff, as part of his insatiable Trump-Russia obsession, had eagerly believed and followed up with Russian prank callers purporting to offer up tantalizing Russian “kompromat” — compromising materials — on Trump in the form of nude pictures.
In essence, Schiff did exactly what he’d demonized Trump for allegedly doing — namely, working with foreign actors to dig up dirt on a political opponent.
Then there were Schiff’s lies, or at best, half-truths, about the extent of his knowledge of the so-called “whistleblower” ahead of the contrived controversy over Ukraine. He had initially denied any contact or knowledge of the “whistleblower,” only for it to later be discovered by The New York Times that the individual had made contact with Schiff’s staff prior to filing the complaint that launched the impeachment inquiry.
On top of that, and “perhaps more insidiously,” in the view of the Herald, were Schiff’s initial lies in 2018 about alleged FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. Schiff had written a memo exonerating the FBI of any potential wrongdoing, which stood in stark contrast to a scathing memo authored by his Intelligence Committee counterpart, then-Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), which revealed FBI wrongdoing and was fully backed up by the recent report on the matter from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
“If ever an impeachment deserved an asterisk to delineate it’s meaninglessness this one does because its author is a scoundrel who hijacked a solemn process for his own seedy benefit,” the Herald wrote of Schiff.
“With the impeachment vote, Democrats decided that the fortunes of the occupant of the Oval Office could not be decided by the American people in an upcoming election in November. Rather, that job would go to an unethical and immoral congressman from California,” the editorial staff concluded. “Thankfully, voters will have an opportunity to decide the fortunes of those very lawmakers on Election Day.”
Hopefully, those voters will send folks like Schiff and his dishonest ilk packing in November.