Just when you thought Rep. Adam Schiff had reached maximum sleaze, word breaks he likely mischaracterized evidence related to President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, achieving new heights of corruption for ol’ “schifty Schiff.”
Last week, Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to Democratic House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York, summarizing evidence brought forth by Lev Parnas, a former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. This evidence was related to Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president on which this impeachment sham is supposedly based.
Schiff claimed Parnas “continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky,” based on a text exchange between Giuliani and Parnas — and Schiff’s own bias or chicanery. The text was attached to Schiff’s letter but was redacted after “trying to get us mr Z.”
Politico reports, however, that “an unredacted version of the exchange shows that several days later, Parnas sent Giuliani a word document that appears to show notes from an interview with Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, followed by a text message to Giuliani that states: ‘mr Z answers my brother,’” suggesting Parnas was referring not to President Zelensky, but to the founder of the energy company on whose board an unqualified Hunter Biden sat for $50,000 a month.
Not looking great for Schiff, the lead impeachment manager.
This partisan impeachment charade hackery has dragged on far too long, since about Jan. 20, 2017. Only willfully ignorant zealots can’t see that the alleged sins of Donald Trump fall far short of high crimes and misdemeanors — and frankly far short of Obama’s abuse of power in implementing Obamacare, Hillary Clinton’s sending classified emails over a private server while secretary of state, or Joe Biden’s own Ukraine-related quid pro quo.
As if that were not enough, Democrats’ slimy tactics throughout this entire spectacle have “threatened our democracy” far more than any benign phone call Trump has made while occupying the Oval Office. For proof, read the transcript of the call. Not Schiff’s made-up nonsense impersonation. The real transcript.
From the very beginning, Schiff has been an incompetent buffoon at best and a conniving, contemptible snake at worst. Rewind to any point in Trump’s presidency, and you’ll find Schiff peddling some nonsensical garbage.
Schiff promulgated the suspect Christopher Steele dossier, spreading the Trump-Russian collusion conspiracy at every turn. In fact, Schiff claimed in his report, ironically titled “Correcting the Record—The Russia Investigation,” that the Justice Department “made only narrow use of information from Steele’s sources about [Trump campaign adviser Carter] Page’s specific activities in 2016.” The inspector general’s report, however, later revealed that Steele’s reporting “played a central and essential role in the FBI’s and [DOJ’s] decision to seek the FISA order,” used to spy on the Trump campaign.
Regarding the current attempts to undo the results of the 2016 election, Schiff hyperbolized the Trump-Zelensky transcript in his own theatrical version of the phone call during a congressional hearing. Later, his staff worked with the whistleblower prior to the filing of the official complaint, interactions Schiff then denied before he moved to prevent the whistleblower from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee.
Now as head impeachment manager, Schiff is calling for a “fair trial” in the Senate. “Right now, a great many, perhaps even most, Americans do not believe there will be a fair trial,” he said during his opening statement before the Senate Tuesday. “They don’t believe that the Senate will be impartial. They believe that the result is pre-cooked, the president will be acquitted.” This hogwash occurred just as news broke of another probable Schiff sleight in misrepresenting the Lev Parnas evidence.
While it may come as news to Schiff, “most Americans” probably aren’t watching this risible proceeding. But for those of us who are, we know for a fact Democratic actors haven’t been “impartial.” We just hope this Schiff show will be over soon.