Following weeks of delay, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) finally appointed her impeachment managers for the Senate trial. Among them will be House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
The announcement didn’t sit well with the New York Post’s editorial board, who declared that Schiff “would be kicked out of any normal court for repeated lies.”
A serial liar
In a piece titled “A normal court would reject a dishonest prosecutor like Adam Schiff,” the Post editors complained that Schiff has “been lying to the world for years in his nonstop campaign to smear President Trump.”
For evidence, they cite his 2017 claim of having “seen ‘more than circumstantial evidence’ that Trump had colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election — a claim exposed as false by the Mueller report.”
They also recall how Schiff “insisted that Rep. [Devin] Nunes was flat-out wrong to say that the FBI’s Russia investigation relied heavily on the absurd Steele Dossier to get warrants to surveil Carter Page; the recent inspector-general report shows that Nunes was right — and Schiff had to know it.”
Lied about contact with “whistleblower”
“Last fall,” the Post goes on to say, “Schiff even concealed his office’s contacts with the Ukraine ‘whistleblower’ — and he still hasn’t detailed his involvement in framing the case against Trump before the ‘official impeachment inquiry’ even began.”
That’s a reference to how in September, the California congressman appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and denied communicating with the CIA employee who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump.
“We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” Schiff claimed, although he said that his staff would like to speak to him.
Yet just weeks later, a New York Times report contradicted that claim. “The whistleblower gave an early account of allegations against President Trump to a House aide who outlined it to Rep. Adam Schiff, who is now leading the impeachment inquiry,” a tweet from the paper revealed.
Nadler looks good in comparison
Schiff also made headlines for reading out a fabricated version of the transcript from Trump’s July telephone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky. He later tried to justify the stunt as an act of parody.
According to the Post’s editors, all of this makes Rep. Nadler look good by comparison. Yet as they make clear, this is faint praise.
“Next to that, the other lead manager, New York’s own Rep. Jerry Nadler, seems a paragon,” they conclude. “He’s just a guy who won the Judiciary Committee chairmanship a year ago by claiming he’d be best to ‘lead a potential impeachment’ of Trump.”