Last week, Adam Schiff opened the Joseph Maguire hearing by telling a fictional story that Schiff said was a realistic version of President Trump’s conversation with Ukraine’s President Zelensky. This is what Schiff read:
In essence, what the President Trump communicates is this: We’ve been very good to your country. Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what, I don’t see much reciprocity here. You know what I mean? I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you through. And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? And don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked.
Later, Schiff insisted that it was a parody. To all who watched, that wasn’t clear. Then again, that’s what the man who said he had proof that President Trump had colluded with Russia.
Schiff told that fiction in 2017. We still haven’t seen that proof, probably because it doesn’t exist. Lee Zeldin reminded everyone that 3/22/2019 was the 2-year anniversary of Schiff’s dishonest statement:
3/22 is the 2 YR ANNIVERSARY of Adam Schiff declaring there’s “more than circumstantial evidence” that Pres Trump colluded w/ the Russians to win election. Let’s all soak in the fact he has produced a grand total of ZERO evidence to support that statement. Nothing. Nada. None. 0.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) March 13, 2019
But I digress. Rep. Andy Biggs has introduced a motion to censure Mr. Schiff. In addition to that motion, Rep. Biggs stated this:
During yesterday’s hearing, Chairman Schiff’s opening statement included a blatantly false retelling of President Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president. Democrats previously initiated an impeachment inquiry, which leads to one of the most serious constitutional duties of Members of Congress: removal of the President of the United States.
Through this process, if the President has committed high crimes or misdemeanors, Congress may overturn the election of the President and the will of the American people. It is therefore inexcusable to toy with the process and mislead the American public with such a statement.
Let’s compare Schiff’s fictional reading of President Trump’s statement with what President Trump actually said:
The President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your weal thy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation .. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people.
At no point in the ‘favor’ portion of the call did President Trump talk about the Biden family. Pelosi named Schiff to chair the impeachment hearings. Nadler is incompetent but he isn’t dishonest, at least to the extent that Schiff has proven himself to be.
This speaks for itself:
What’s important is that nothing in the transcript approaches “treason, bribery, high crimes or misdemeanors.” In fact, there isn’t a crime to be found anywhere in the transcript, the snitch’s complaint or the OLC ruling. This weekend, Ms. Pelosi said that impeachment was the biggest vote Congress can take other than a vote to authorize going to war. She’s right about that.
Impeachment should only be used when there’s clear evidence that the President has a) committed a felony, b) has betrayed the country to another country or c) intentionally put our nation’s people in harm’s way. None of those things happened here. Democrats simply hate President Trump. Democrats want him removed from office. It’s time to tell Pelosi’s Democrats to shut up and get lost.
PS- it’s time to censure Adam Schiff and label him the most dishonest Democrat in the nation.