For years, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has alleged wrongdoing by President Donald Trump. Now, Schiff has set his sights on Trump’s right-hand man.
The House Intelligence Committee chairman told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow after the House’s impeachment vote late Wednesday that he has acquired a piece of evidence that could be “embarrassing” or even “incriminating” for Pence.
“We think the American people should see it,” Schiff said, according to Newsweek.
Caught in Schiff’s crosshairs
“Are you actively looking at Vice President Mike Pence and his role in this scandal?” Maddow asked Schiff on Wednesday night. “And should we expect further revelations either related to the vice president or related to the other core parts of these allegations that have resulted in this impeachment tonight?”
Schiff told the MSNBC host that he is in possession of a “classified submission by [Pence aide] Jennifer Williams, something that she alluded to in her open testimony that in going back and looking through her records, she found other information that was pertinent to that phone call that we had asked her about and made that submission.”
“There is nothing that should be classified in that submission,” Schiff insisted, according to a transcript of the interview from RealClearPolitics. “It is not proper to classify something because it would be embarrassing or incriminating, and that submission does shed light on the vice president’s knowledge, and we think the American people should see it. Certainly, any senators in the trial should have access to it.”
Schiff went on to argue that Pence opting to classify the information “just goes to show that there is a body of evidence, documentary and otherwise, that administration figures from the president on down, to include the vice president, do not want the American people to see or know.”
“And the question is, will they succeed?” he demanded. “Will the cover-up succeed? Or will the Senate insist on what we were not able to obtain in the House, and that is, a White House that will comply with lawful process?”
Shifty Schiff’s trouble with the truth
The White House has not publicly responded to Schiff’s assertions, and it’s not clear whether they plan to. In the meantime, many pundits have taken to pointing out the obvious: Adam Schiff has a troubled history with the truth.
During a September appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Schiff insisted that his staff hadn’t been in contact with the so-called Ukraine “whistleblower.” But a subsequent New York Times article revealed that wasn’t so; the paper noted in a tweet:
The whistle-blower 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.
Of course, that didn’t stop Schiff from doubling down. In November, Schiff said that he still didn’t know who the whistleblower was.
“Some of my colleagues made the statement repeatedly that I’ve met with the whistleblower, that I know who the whistleblower is. It was false the first time they said it,” Schiff declared before his committee, according to RealClearPolitics. “It was false the second through 40th time they said it. It will be false the last time they say it.”
But with his history of lies, it’s hard to believe anything that comes out of “Shifty” Schiff’s mouth.