Schiff says he would have ‘called out’ FBI had he known of FISA abuse

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is suddenly full of “would’ve, could’ve, should’ves.”

During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Schiff claimed he would have called attention to abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) at the FBI two years ago if he had known that they were occurring, Breitbart reports.

Host Chris Wallace asked Schiff about the multitude of errors surrounding the FISA applications used to facilitate spying on Trump campaign aide Carter Page revealed by Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz. Wallace inquired as to whether Schiff wanted to walk back his earlier comments suggesting that material information had not been omitted in the applications, in light of the IG’s findings.

“I’m certainly willing to admit that the inspector general found serious abuses of FISA that I was unaware of,” Schiff responded. “Had I known of them, Chris, yes, I would have called out the FBI at the same time. But I think it’s only fair to judge what we know at the time, not what would be revealed two years later, but yes, there were very serious abuses of the FISA process, they need to be corrected, we need to make sure they never happen again.”

More bull from Schiff

Schiff also said he still thought the FISA warrants used to conduct surveillance on Page were “appropriate.” He did not provide support for that position, and Wallace did not press him on the comment.

He went on to justify the articles of impeachment brought against Trump, even though they do not describe conduct considered impeachable under the U.S. Constitution.

Schiff said he considers obstruction of Congress to be the more serious article of impeachment, even though Wallace pointed out that the Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear arguments on whether the president must comply with congressional subpoenas for his tax records gives legitimacy to Trump’s initial refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.

“If [Republicans are] prepared to say a president can simply say no to any congressional subpoena and tie up the Congress for years in litigation, it is going to have to accept corruption, malfeasance, negligence, misconduct in any future president – Republican or Democrat,” Schiff said, noting that Nixon was on the verge of impeachment for lesser degree of “obstruction” when he decided to resign instead.

Suspending disbelief

To add to the “could’ve, would’ve, should’ves,” Schiff also said on ABC’s This Week that he would have impeached former President Barack Obama if he had engaged in the same conduct of which Trump is accused, The Hill reported.

In fact, Obama did abuse his power numerous times, but the Democrats were too busy worshipping him to notice. Republicans, on the other hand, didn’t have a spine back then, even when they did have the majority in Congress. It’s way too easy to make bold statements about what you would have done, once the hypothetical danger has passed.

It is a totally implausible proposition to think that Schiff would have lifted a finger or uttered one syllable if he thought that doing so would hurt the Democrats or help the Republicans. If one thing has become clear during this impeachment process, it’s that Schiff is a thoroughly partisan hack who is more than happy to twist facts and outright lie if he thinks it will help him take Trump down.

It really is no wonder that “Bull-Schiff” t-shirts are selling like hotcakes this holiday season.

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