U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (R-CA) has responded to a scathing Wall Street Journal editorial, claiming in a recent interview that the newspaper’s editorial board has “no credibility.”
He made the statement during an interview with the Daily Beast and referred specifically to a piece titled “All the Adam Schiff Transcripts.”
“A retread of the same attacks”
The editorial’s authors cited recently released documents from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, accusing Shiff of peddling “falsehoods” regarding claims that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
In light of new evidence, the editorial concluded that “no one should ever believe another word” Schiff says.
Calling the board’s argument “a retread of the same attacks they made earlier when [U.S. Attorney General] Bill Barr came out and misled the country about the Mueller report,” Schiff went on to assert that the Journal editorial page “has the same essential content as Fox [News Channel] prime time and the same joint ownership.”
As a result, he said its contents should not be trusted as a source of reliable information.
“Misled the country repeatedly”
“So they really have no credibility as far as I’m concerned — and I think millions of Americans,” Schiff added.
The mutual criticism stems from the release of House intelligence committee transcripts apparently showing that Obama administration officials had not seen evidence of Russian collusion in the election.
In the editorial board’s opinion, Schiff sought to keep those documents sealed because they proved he “misled the country repeatedly on an issue that consumed American politics.”
“Access to secrets that the rest of us don’t have”
Describing the congressman as “a powerful figure with access to secrets that the rest of us don’t have and can’t check,” the editorial laid out its case that he cannot be trusted to tell Americans the truth.
Schiff then made roughly the same declaration about his critics in the media.
Now that the documents have been released publicly, though, it is up to all interested Americans to weigh the facts and come up with their own conclusion. In light of the reaction to testimony contained in those transcripts, it appears that the Journal editorial board might just have its finger on the nation’s pulse.