Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and leader of Democrats’ failed effort to remove President Donald Trump, has a history of being dishonest with his colleagues and, more importantly, with the American people as part of his seemingly insatiable zeal to persecute the president and those associated with him.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has had enough of Schiff’s blatant lies, however, and charged him with several prominent examples of such during an interview on Thursday with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
McCarthy: Schiff belongs on “lying list”
Hannity was discussing the obvious disparity of treatment within the American the justice system as evidenced by the fact that Trump associate Roger Stone is facing prison for lying to Congress, while federal bureaucrats like former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe have managed to avoid prosecution for lying to investigators.
“There’s one person you have to add to the lying list, and that’s Adam Schiff,” McCarthy said.
“He used his chairmanship to lie to us about that he had proof [of Russian collusion], he lied to us about not knowing who the whistleblower was,” the top congressional Republican continued. “He lied to us by using that committee to actually tell us the FISA court was OK, and then he lied to us one more time when he read the transcript that was not true.”
As Fox News noted, Schiff stated numerous times with certainty that he had personally seen “ample evidence” of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, only for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to determine there was no such evidence after a thorough two-year investigation.
Schiff has also denied knowing the identity of the so-called Ukraine “whistleblower” even as links between that individual and his own staff have been established. Schiff also previously denied any wrongdoing by the FBI involving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, only for Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to find otherwise in a comprehensive report released back in December.
Then there were also the multiple occasions during the impeachment inquiry and trial in which Schiff fabricated dialogue that he attributed to President Trump in conversation with other world leaders — most notably Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — only to later characterize his conduct as acts of “parody.”
Driven by hatred
Leader McCarthy was not quite finished calling out Schiff and his fellow Democrats, however, and he even went so far as to attribute the blatant dishonesty and selective prosecutions to a certain specific motive — hatred and malice toward the president and those who support him.
“The only thing these people are guilty of that had to go to jail, they’re guilty of the same thing you and I are guilty of — that we support our president,” McCarthy said.
He went on: “That is what the Democrats only look at. Because they don’t just hate the president — they hate you, they hate me, they hate the viewers. They hate everything about us.”
While we can’t say for certain that the only thing driving the concerted opposition — both legal and otherwise — to the president and his supporters is driven by unfettered animus, it most certainly appears to be a significant factor, and it is good that it is being publicly exposed to the American people for what it truly is.