Rep. Adam Schiff, the courageous California Democrat who has been a leader in the fight in Congress against partisan Republican efforts to protect President Trump, scored a double hit today.
Speaking on the MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” Schiff – the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee – gave what Trump is calling “Spygate” a more accurate name -“liegate.”
Schiff started by listing some of President Trump’s past falsehoods: “The president said that there was wiretapping at Trump Tower. That was false,”
“He said there was an unmasking conspiracy,” continue Schiff. “That was false.”
“He said that there (were political spies embedded in his campaign,” added Schiff, “That is false.”
“This isn’t ‘spygate,'” said Schiff, “but it is a form of ‘liegate.'”
In another coup, Schiff also was added today at the last minute to a meeting previously scheduled only for Republicans that is being held at the Justice Department.
Schiff tells @Morning_Joe that Nunes and Gowdy shouldn’t have a separate briefing: "There should be only one meeting, it should be the Gang of 8. There shouldn’t be a pre-meeting with two GOP members who have effectively acted as Donald Trump’s legal defense team in Congress."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 24, 2018
It is a top-secret briefing on highly classified evidence which the president claims can prove the FBI and the “Deep State” infiltrated his presidential campaign, triggering what he claims is a “witch hunt” by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Schiff was added at the last minute after top Democrats complained that only Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) – both of whom have shown in the past they are partisan Trump supporters – were invited to the meeting.
A second meeting was also scheduled today to begin two hours later to provide a similar briefing of classified material to the Senate and House leadership from both parties and the President’s Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Democrats have said Kelly’s inclusion is inappropriate because it gives a White House official access to evidence that may incriminate the Trump and his allies.
Schiff’s comments today, and those of other Democrats, really do show that the president is lying when he makes claims about his campaign being infiltrated by the FBI, which at worst was doing its job when it asked questions about Russians interfering in the election following strict procedural rules.
Facts matter. The FBI’s use of Confidential Human Sources (the actual term) is tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country. Attacks on the FBI and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country. How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?
— James Comey (@Comey) May 23, 2018
The Associated Press today carried a story that revealed what a sham the president’s claims are, and how he has packaged his lies to try and achieve the maximum impact without ever providing a shred of evidence to back up his claims.
“Trump told one ally this week,” reports the Associated Press, “that he wanted ‘to brand’ the informant a ‘spy,’ believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public”
Schiff on “Morning Joe” today said the president frequently makes outrageous claims with little or no evidence, and that it is possible to pick out the lies as they fly out of his mouth.
“Whenever you hear that preface – ‘people are saying’ or ‘we’ve been told’ – the American people should know by now that what follows is going to be another false statement,” said Schiff.
One of those on the front lines in the battle to protect America’s integrity is Justice Department Deputy Director Rod Rosenstein, a conservative Republican lawyer and longtime public servant, who has been threatened with firing repeatedly by Trump.
Rosenstein will be among those leading the two Justice Department secret briefings today, so it was noteworthy he took time to do a retweet today that speaks to his view of what is happening.
Theodore Roosevelt: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) May 24, 2018
Never truer words during this Orwellian period in our history. https://t.co/XrLGrKkNIl
— Rod Rosenstein (@Rod_Rosenstein) May 24, 2018
When the history is written and accounts are settled concerning this “Orwellian period,” Rep. Adam Schiff will come out on the right side of history, so his inclusion in today’s meetings will provide a witness to what was said, and an observer to see how much of the evidence is improperly, illegally shown to the very person being investigated – the president.