Mendacity mixed with self-righteousness has often been said to be common practice in Washington D.C. Adam Schiff (D-CA) brings this practice to a whole new level.
Schiff, the former Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, ranted about being kicked from the House Committee. This occurred after Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the Minority Leader of the Democrats in the House, petitioned for Schiff to be retained on the Intelligence Committee. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the Speaker of the House, however, refused to seat Schiff (as well as another Democrat, Eric Swalwell [D-CA]) on said committee.
Adam Schiff tweeted in response to this news, “Kevin McCarthy just kicked me…off the Intelligence Committee. This is petty, political payback for investigating Donald Trump.” Schiff continued, “If he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out just how wrong he is. I will always defend our democracy.”
Kevin McCarthy just kicked me and @RepSwalwell off the Intelligence Committee.
This is petty, political payback for investigating Donald Trump.
If he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out just how wrong he is.
I will always defend our democracy.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 25, 2023
Kevin McCarthy’s reason for kicking Schiff off the committee was simple. He repeatedly charged that Schiff used his position to brazenly lie to the American public and had overtly politicized his committee appointment. There are many examples of accusations of unethical conduct through him or those working for him leaking (and as well as distorting) protected information for political purposes. One instance of this was the accusation that Schiff leaked documents to politically hurt Bernie Sanders’s run for the presidency in 2020. Reuters records Schiff’s response to the accusation as follows: “Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one…You welcomed Russian help in 2016 and tried to coerce Ukraine in 2019…You betrayed America. Again.”
Schiff’s reply itself betrays a lot of falsehoods. The first is the narrative pushed by Democrats via the thoroughly discredited Steele dossier that Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. As the Federalist reveals, Schiff repeatedly pushed this dossier (in addition to knowingly pushing numerous other false collusion-related claims as per OutKick) and was behind the effort to cover up FBI abuses that were related to the Russiagate investigation. Indeed, Schiff said that he has no regrets about pushing the Steele dossier even when he acknowledged it to be based on lies.
Secondly, Schiff’s inference that the president was illicitly coercing Ukraine was also laid bare. The material basis for the first impeachment call was controversy over former President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s President Zelensky. As Breitbart notes, Schiff, who led the impeachment effort, “read out a made-up call between [former president Donald] Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for dramatic effect.” This is true as Schiff himself was forced to later acknowledge that he was giving a parody of Trump’s phone call. A great deal of this parody bore no reality to the actual conversation. Here too Schiff expressed no regret over how he handled the impeachment and told NPR that “it was absolutely worth it.”
In addition to these falsehoods, Schiff also lied about the Hunter Biden laptop being Russian disinformation. Various analyses of the data from the laptop by news outlets like CBS have since confirmed the laptop’s authenticity.
Restoring integrity back to the Intelligence Committee after Schiff’s tenure is vital as McCarthy notes in his reasoning for rejecting the California Democrat.
I have rejected the appointments of Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell for the House Intelligence Committee.
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 25, 2023
A committee that deals with matters of national security cannot be so compromised in its core function. We can hopefully look forward to a committee with better practices.