Tag: Adam Schiff

Shady Schiff on Mueller Public Testimony: It’s “Going To Happen, It Has To”

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is confident that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify publicly about the Russia probe.

Speaking to MSNBC host Chris Hayes last night, Schiff said his committee was talking with the Special Counsel’s office.

“We’re in conversation with the Special Counsel’s office and it’s not that they’ve confirmed a date but this is going to happen,” he said. “It has to.”

**LISTEN: Dan addresses Trey Gowdy’s revealing comments on last night’s Hannity**

“You have to start–I think–with the man who did the investigation and I think the Republicans and the Attorney General even understand that. That’s why Barr has said repeatedly he’s not going to stand in the way of Mueller testimony. I think thats because he knows he can’t.”

When asked if Mueller’s testimony would be public, Schiff said he thinks the Judiciary Committee hearing would be “completely in open session.”

“In our committee [House Intelligence] we might have part of it in open and part of it closed.”

Shady Schiff Calls for AG Barr to Resign

Russia hoax perpetuator, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign.

The Congressman tweeted today, “Barr’s answer to @RepCharlieCrist, denying knowledge of Mueller’s concerns over his summary, was deliberately false and misleading. If he were an ordinary citizen, it might be considered perjury. As our top law enforcement official, it’s even worse. He must step down.”

Schiff’s tweet comes after the Washington Post reported last night that Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent a letter to Barr in which he expressed his frustrations with the Attorney General’s summary of the Mueller report.

“There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation,” the letter states, according to the Post. “This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Dept. appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”

Democrats seem disinterested in a critical part of the Washington Post report which states that when Barr pressed Mueller on whether he thought his memo to Congress was inaccurate, “Mueller said he did not but felt that the media coverage of it was misinterpreting the investigation.”

In a statement to Fox News, DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Mueller did not question the accuracy of Barr’s summary.

“After the Attorney General received Special Counsel Mueller’s letter, he called him to discuss it,” Kupec said. “In a cordial and professional conversation, the Special Counsel emphasized that nothing in the Attorney General’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading. But, he expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage regarding the Special Counsel’s obstruction analysis. They then discussed whether additional context from the report would be helpful and could be quickly released.”

Kupec added: “However, the Attorney General ultimately determined that it would not be productive to release the report in piecemeal fashion.  The Attorney General and the Special Counsel agreed to get the full report out with necessary redactions as expeditiously as possible. The next day, the Attorney General sent a letter to Congress reiterating that his March 24 letter was not intended to be a summary of the report, but instead only stated the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions, and volunteered to testify before both Senate and House Judiciary Committees on May 1st and 2nd.”

Schiff’s Biggest Collusion Lies EXPOSED

As those who’ve followed the spygate story remember, in February of last year Devin Nunes released a widely anticipated 4-page memo known as the “Nunes Memo” that alleged Christopher Steele’s (Clinton and DNC funded) dossier was instrumental in justifying surveillance of Trump campaign member Carter Page. The Memo alleged, among other things, that the FBI didn’t disclose the political origins of the dossier as their source when requesting a warrant from a FISA court.

In response, Adam Schiff released a memo of his own attempting to rebut Nunes. “The Democratic response memo released today should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC,” Schiff said in a statement at the time. “Our extensive review of the initial FISA application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement and instead revealed that both the FBI and DOJ made extensive showings to justify all four requests.”

Blessed with the power of hindsight over a year later, we can prove that Schiff’s memo was jam-packed with falsehoods he didn’t think would be exposed.

The FBI Investigation’s Origins 

Schiff’s memo repeats the myth that it was George Papadopoulos responsible for sparking the FBI’s investigation into the Trump team. He also (falsely) claims that Steele’s research didn’t even reach the FBI until seven weeks after they opened their investigation.

As Dan and I noted last week, a simple timeline renders that thesis impossible, for two main reasons:

  • Papadopoulos allegedly revealed that he had dirt on Hillary Clinton sourced from the Russians in May 2016, but the FBI didn’t even interview him until January 2017. Why wait, if the investigation was supposed to be about Russian collusion?
  • Nellie Ohr worked for the company that created the dossier (Fusion GPS) and met with her husband Bruce Ohr from DOJ, and dossier author Christopher Steele on July 30, 2016  Bruce Ohr then met with the FBI on the same day, July 30, 2016 and the FBI case is opened the next day, July 31, 2016.

So the FBI did have access to the dossier…. the day before their investigation opened.

Next.

The FISA Warrant

When it comes to the FBI’s spying on Carter Page, Schiff argues that this doesn’t constitute spying on the Trump campaign because it didn’t begin until after Page had left the Trump campaign.

Two points are worth making here:

  • If Page hadn’t left Trump’s campaign, the surveillance would’ve still occurred. And;
  • If all of Page’s calls are being monitored, and he’s keeping in contact with some members of the Trump campaign, how does this not constitute spying on the Trump campaign, albeit by proxy?

Even Politico had to admit that the FBI’s surveillance of Page “might have” picked up his conversations with Steve Bannon, and when it came to the surveillance of Paul Manafort, Fortune Magazine noted that “It is unclear whether the President [Trump] was recorded as part of the investigation.” If Manafort was being surveilled and spoke to President Trump while being surveilled, what do you think? The FBI selectively decided to ignore those calls? Of course not.

The same holds true for Page and any contacts with Trump campaign members he maintained.

Christopher Steele

Schiff makes a number of false claims specific to Christopher Steele.

The biggest lie is when Schiff claims that the DOJ/FBI never paid Steele for his research and services.

FBI documents released in August of 2018 revealed that was a lie. As NBC News reported at the time:

The FBI has released 71 pages of what it describes as correspondence between the bureau and Christopher Steele.

The records also indicate that in February 2016 the FBI “admonished” Steele. A federal law enforcement official explains that an admonishment is typically given when a person begins a stint as a confidential informant and annually thereafter. It is a briefing on the rules of being an informant to ensure the source complies with guidelines set by the Attorney General, and usually not criticism of the source.

Because of the redactions, it is not possible to tell when payments to Steele began, but it has previously been reported that he assisted the FBI with past investigations, including a probe of corruption in international soccer.

Next, Schiff defends the FBI citing a Yahoo! News article in the FISA warrant, and claims that criticisms of Bruce Ohr are misleading. Ohr worked at the DOJ while his wife Nellie Ohr worked with Fusion GPS on the dossier.

The first point is in regards to a September 2016 news article by Michael Isikoff published by Yahoo! News that is cited in the dossier. The Yahoo! article is sourced (anonymously) from Steele, and is cited in the FISA application, leading many conservatives to allege that the FBI was essentially using Steele to prove the contents of his own dossier. Schiff says the Yahoo! article was only cited to prove that Page publicly denied a particular link to Russia, not to corroborate information. Unfortunately, due to redactions, it’s impossible to prove or disprove this claim, but I will note that there is no mention of Page’s denial mentioned in the un-redacted portions (see: page 21 of the document).

It’s unclear what point Schiff thinks he’s making about Bruce Ohr. While critics accurately levy that Ohr wasn’t notifying the DOJ about his interactions with Steele, Schiff’s defense is that Ohr actually did in late November of 2016. This is irrelevant. If there were a time for Ohr to disclose his conflicts of interest, it was when it mattered – while the 2016 campaigns were still ongoing.

Desperate Schiff Still Claiming “Direct Evidence” of Trump Collusion

Desperate Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff (CA) is still perpetuating the hoax that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, the congressman was asked whether he was wrong for claiming there was “direct evidence” of Trump campaign collusion after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s much anticipated report cleared them of wrongdoing.

“No, because I think what you see in the public record is direct evidence. When the Russians, through an intermediary, offered dirt on the Clinton campaign as part of what’s described as the Russian government effort to help the Trump campaign, and Donald Trump’s son — who played a pivotal role in the campaign — who says, if it is what you say it is, I’d love it, and sets up a meeting to receive it, it is direct evidence of collusion.”

Co-anchor Willie Geist then asked how–after two years–Mueller didn’t conclude that there was collusion.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the grotesque hypocrisy of 2020 liberal presidential candidates**

“We won’t know until we get the report,” said Schiff.  “Even looking at that fact pattern, Mueller could conclude that the Trump campaign didn’t know that this was, in fact, the Russian government. Even though it was portrayed as the Russian government, or that the dirt they got during that meeting wasn’t sufficient to prove beyond-a-reasonable-doubt conspiracy or these other interactions with other Russians with Kilimnik, believed to be linked to Russian intelligence, maybe there wasn’t a sufficient link that could be proven by beyond a reasonable doubt between Kilimnik and the Russian government.”

He continued, “We won’t know until we see the there is no explaining away the eagerness of the president, that he demonstrated publicly, to have Russian help, pay Russians. If you’re listening, hack Hillary’s emails. There is no doubt that the Russians did hack the democratic emails.”

GOP House Intel Cmte Members Issue Scathing Letter Urging Schiff to Resign as Chairman

Republican House Intelligence Committee members issued a scathing letter today calling for Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to resign.

The letter slams Schiff for claiming to have evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, even after the Special Counsel investigation exonerated the campaign of such allegations.

“Despite [the Special Counsel’s] findings, you continue to claim to the media that there is “significant evidence of collusion.” Further you have stated you “will continue to investigate the counterintelligence issues, that is, is the president or people around him compromised in any way by hostile foreign power?” Your willingness to continue to promote a demonstrably false narrative is alarming,” the letter states.

LISTEN: Dan discusses the explosive revelations about John Brennan’s role in the plot to take down the Trump team

The Republicans claim Schiff abused his position to “knowingly promote false information,” damaging the integrity of the Intelligence committee and undermining faith in U.S. government institutions.

“Your actions both past and present are incompatible with your duty as Chairman of this Committee,” the letter stated. “We have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your Constitutional responsibility and urge your immediate resignation as Chairman of this Committee.”

The letter was signed by every single Republican member of the committee: Devin Nunes (CA), Michael Conaway (TX), Michael Turner (OH), Brad Wenstrup (OH), Chris Stewart (UT), Rick Crawford (AR.), Elise Stefanik (NY), Will Hurd (TX), and John Ratcliffe (TX).

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Trump Calls for Shady Schiff to Resign

President Trump is calling on Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to resign from office for “unlawfully lying and leaking.”

Taking to Twitter this morning, President Trump reiterated similar comments he made last night during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, writing, “Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!”

Last night on Hannity, Trump called Schiff a “disgrace to our country.”

“In one way you could say it’s a crime what he did,” Trump said, “because … he was making horrible statements that he knew were false.

“He would go on, night after night, talking about collusion — the collusion delusion,” the President continued.

Schiff repeatedly claimed to have evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, even after the Special Counsel’s report cleared the president of any wrongdoing.

Earlier this week, the Congressman told the Washington Post that “undoubtedly” there was collusion between Trump and Russia.

Watch the President’s full interview below:

REPORT: Cohen Met With Schiff’s Staff Numerous Times Before Hearing

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen told investigators that House Intelligence Committee staffers for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) traveled to New York to meet with him multiple times “immediately before” last month’s hearing on Capitol Hill, according to a Fox News report.

Two sources told Fox News that Cohen said the staffers traveled to New York at least four times and met with him for over 10 hours.

Fox News writes, “The sources said the sessions covered a slew of topics addressed during the public hearing before the oversight committee — including the National Enquirer’s “Catch and Kill” policy, American Media CEO David Pecker and the alleged undervaluing of President Trump’s assets.”

Republicans, however, are not convinced of the news and Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) sent a letter to Cohen’s attorneys demanding answers.

Turner asked if Cohen made contact “with Democratic Members or Democratic staff of SSCI [Senate Select Committee on Intelligence], COR [House Committee on Oversight and Reform], or HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] prior to his appearances before House and Senate committees last week…” He also asked for specifics, such as the duration of the contacts, where the discussions took place and exactly who was involved.

“These questions are important for the public to understand whether or not they were watching witness testimony, a public hearing, or well-rehearsed theater,” he wrote.

During last month’s hearing, Cohen admitted speaking with Congressman Schiff himself prior to the hearing.

“I spoke to Mr. Schiff about topics that were going to be raised at the upcoming hearing,” Cohen told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

“Whoa,” Jordan responded. “Not just what time you’re going to show up, but what you’re going to talk about? Whoa.”

For the full report, click HERE.

Shady Schiff Appoints Anti-Trump, Steele Dossier Supporter to House Intel Cmte

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has hired a proponent of the discredited anti-Trump dossier as the new director of investigations for the House Intelligence Committee.

Yesterday, Schiff announced that former assistant U.S. attorney and NBC News pundit Daniel Goldman would be appointed to the position.

Goldman, as the Washington Times’ Rowan Scarborough points out is a supporter of the widely discredited Trump-Russia dossier which was financed by the DNC and Clinton campaign.

“Mr. Goldman has endorsed Mr. Steele’s tale of how former Trump attorney Michael Cohen secretly traveled to Prague in August 2016 to meet with Vladimir Putin aides and to orchestrate a coverup of Russian hacking,” writes Scarborough.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the outrageous shift in tactics in the continued witch-hunt against Trump**

The publication points to a Dec. 27 tweet where Goldman responded to a McClatchy news service report that claimed a cell tower detected a ping from Cohen’s phone near Prague.

Goldman tweeted, “a few reax points: 1) If Mueller knows this, and Cohen came clean (as they say he did), why not plead to lying to Congress about this? 2) critical corroboration of Steele Dossier. Nothing has been undermined thus far. 3) collusion!! 4) big cover-up.”

Fox News points out that Goldman has a long history of criticizing President Trump on social media.

Last year, he tweeted, “Trump ‘looks bad’ because he committed a crime, nothing else. He is not above the law,” adding the hashtag #TrumpResign.

He also wrote that Trump “doesn’t care about the country,” and referred to him as “shameful.”