John Kass: After IG report, Schiff’s reputation has been ruined

For over a year, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) alleged that in 2016, the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. However, the Mueller investigation found no evidence to support that claim, while a report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed serious misconduct at the FBI.

In the wake of those developments, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass asked a pertinent question about Schiff earlier this week. “Where,” he wondered, “do U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff — the Inspector Javert of Trump Impeachment Theater — and Schiff’s eager handmaidens of the Washington Democratic Media Complex go now to get their reputations back?”

Reputation shattered

According to Kass, the answer is simple. “Nowhere,” he argues. “There is no place for them to go.”

“It was Schiff, Kass explains, “who insisted all along that FBI and Department of Justice officials did not abuse the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) courts or hide information from judges.”

In a 2018 memo, Schiff vigorously defended the FBI and DOJ from accusations of FISA abuses as alleged in the Nunes memo. But the IG report finds that Nunes had valid complaints.

While testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Horowitz told Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), “I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this.”
“Certainly, our findings indicate that there were significant problems,” he added later, and he isn’t the only one to say so.

Voters turned off

Attorney General Bill Barr recently said that the Russia probe was opened “on the thinnest suspicions,” and during an interview with NBC reporter Pete Williams, he went on to explain why that was dangerous.

“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr stated. “I think there were gross abuses … and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.”

In Barr’s view, “the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government use the apparatus of the state … both to spy on political opponents but also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of an election.”

As of yet, it’s unclear if Schiff will face any direct consequences for his behavior, but there’s evidence that his party might.

Recent polls indicate that most voters are against impeaching the president, and that view is particularly pronounced among independents as a Monmouth survey showed that they oppose the move by a wide margin, with only 36 percent in favor.

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