Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been a constant thorn in President Trump’s side. As the ranking Democratic on the House Intelligence Committee, he helped spearhead one of the many investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and the possible collusion of the Trump campaign in that operation.
He’s also been an effective counterweight to the Republican House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who’s used his perch atop their committee not to examine potential wrongdoing by the president and his associates, but to run interference and protect Trump at every turn.
When Devin Nunes appeared on Fox News to spread disinformation and bash former FBI Director Jim Comey or special counsel Robert Mueller, Adam Schiff appeared on MSNBC or CNN to set the record straight.
When Devin Nunes engineered the drafting and release of a dubious “memo” he claimed proved wrongdoing by the FBI, Adam Schiff got a Democratic rebuttal into the public sphere, as well.
Last month, Rep. Nunes shut down the Intel Committee’s investigation prematurely, announcing that they’d found “no collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. As soon as that news broke, Rep. Schiff immediately tweeted, “GOP just shut down House Intel investigation, leaving questions unanswered, leads unexplored, countless witnesses uncalled, subpoenas unissued. If Russians have leverage over the President, GOP has decided that it would rather not know. The minority’s work continues.”
In a much longer statement, he added, “In the coming weeks and months, new information will continue to be exposed… And each time this new information becomes public, Republicans will be held accountable for abandoning a critical investigation of such vital national importance.”
True to his word, Schiff is back on the attack after Devin Nunes announced yesterday he would seek the impeachment of FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if they failed to meet a deadline to turn over un-redacted documents to which Nunes thinks he’s entitled but hasn’t received.
The timing of Nunes’ threat – to say nothing of its merits – is extremely suspicious. It comes just days after Monday’s FBI raid on the home and offices of President Trump’s longtime personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen. Trump was reportedly furious after the raid, and many in the White House expressed fear that the president would pursue this kind of unprecedented escalation against Mueller.
The rampant hypocrisy of seeking to impeach the investigators, and not the man who’s the subject of the investigation, is one thing. But to do so when that investigation appears to be closing in, is almost the textbook definition of obstruction of justice.
Once again, Adam Schiff has a timely and pointed response, and he threw in a shot at the “retiring” Speaker of the House in the process.
The President considers firing the Attorney General, Deputy AG, and Special Counsel and the House Intel Chair considers impeaching the FBI Director — all to obstruct an investigation into wrongdoing by the President or those around him. @SpeakerRyan response: I’m outta here.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 11, 2018
Well played, Rep. Schiff. Well played.