There is no arguing that California Congressman Adam Schiff has become the face and spirit of the Democrat impeachment inquiry. Supposedly, there are other committees empowered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to do their own inquiring, but as Chairman of the ironically named House Intelligence Committee, Schiff has been the center of attention.
In terms of appearances, Pelosi could hardly have selected a less credible front man. Pelosi has oft stated that the work of impeachment must be beyond reproach. It must be devoid of partisanship. It must be carried out with the highest and most conspicuous level of integrity.
Schiff is lacking in all those qualities. The closed-door and non-traditional process, itself, suggests an unfortunate level of political game playing. With Schiff as the point man, there is no salvaging the credibility of the overall inquiry. It is a sham process that is full of Schiff.
And why is that?
Schiff has proven himself to be one of the most strident and partisan members of the House – and he wins that appellation over a lot of intense competition in the Democrat caucus.
His propensity to make dishonest and outlandish accusations undermines any concept that Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry can be addressed apart from politics – as the refrain goes. Schiff is a flagrantly partisan wind-up doll. Because of the cronyism of the press, Schiff gets away with a lot of statements that are dubious at best and totally mendacious at worst – with the latter being the most common.
But not always.
Schiff must have been believing his own public statements that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would find President Trump guilty of criminal collusion with the Russians. Schiff was so confident in that outcome that he confided to the world that in those secret sessions he had seen hard evidence of criminal collusion.
One can only imagine Schiff’s shock and disappointment when Mueller reported that Trump, no one associated with his campaign and no American citizen had criminally colluded with Russia. Trump was totally vindicated. But even as Schiff was wiping the egg off his face over that whopper, he still claimed that Trump had colluded with the Russians – just that Mueller – after spending two years and $30 million – had failed to find it.
Schiff’s lack of personal integrity was fully unfurled when he opened his impeachment hearing supposedly quoting the transcript of the telephone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In Schiff’s rendition of the conversation, Trump’s words were extremely indicting.
However … the words Schiff read to the world — and memorialized in the Congressional Record – were NOT the words of President Trump. They were a fictional transcript created by Schiff, himself. It was an audacious fraud.
While Schiff accuses Trump of using foreign sources to dig up dirt on Joe Bide and his son, Hunter, he seemed more than willing to take information against Trump for foreign sources. He sees nothing wrong with using a phony dossier provided by a British agent and developed by Russian sources to launch a special counsel investigation of the President. But do not forget how Schiff also seemed eager to get dirt on Trump from a foreign agent during a phone conversation. That “foreign agent,” however, was a prankster. More egg for Schiff’s face.
Schiff’s credibility is also impaired by the fact that he has been too eager to impeach. He has made no secret of his obsessive desire to impeach and remove Trump from office. Schiff’s inquiry is not to withhold judgment until “all the facts are known” – but rather to compile by any means a salable case for impeachment. Schiff has made up his mind – as have most Democrats – so it is only a matter of timing.
Because of the opaqueness of Schiff’s committee investigation – and the eagerness of the press to promote his dubious narratives – Schiff’s political treachery is going unchallenged. But that will not always be the case.
By the time the dust settles on the impeachment issue, Pelosi may rue the day she made Schiff the face of impeachment. With him in charge, the inevitable impeachment will never have the bipartisan support or compelling evidence that she once claimed was necessary. It will be seen as a crass political move by a political party still bitter over the 2016 election.
So, there ‘tis.