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Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has been slammed by Republicans for his constant false claims about Donald Trump and so-called “Russian collusion.”
Fox Business host Elizabeth MacDonald asked GOP Rep. Dan Bishop (NC-09) about the anti-Trump Steele dossier.
“Democrat Adam Schiff saying that even though there are many discredited claims in the debunked Steele dossier, that the [Department of Justice Inspector General] and multiple experts have said this is totally false, he’s still thinking parts of it are trust trustworthy and going after Trump,” MacDonald said.
She proceeded to play a clip of Schiff’s appearance on CNN with host Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer reminded Schiff that much of what was contained therein was unsubstantiated.
“Do you worry, Congressman, that your credibility, other Democrats’ credibility could be hurt by that?” Blitzer queried.
“No,” Schiff answered, claiming falsely that the dossier played a “very limited role” in shaping the investigation of Trump. As a matter of fact, the FBI heavily relied on the dossier in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign.
“It doesn’t change the fact that the president’s son was secretly meeting in Trump Tower with the Russian delegation to get dirt on Hillary Clinton or that others in Trump orbit were also seeking the gain of the Russian hack of the Democratic Party,” Schiff went on.
“The Steele dossier is a nice talking point for kind of right-wing pundits, but it’s a distraction from what we did learn. What we did learn was very damning of the former president, of the Russians, and his campaign.”
MacDonald then returned to Bishop and he tore into Schiff.
“Well, Adam Schiff is misleading again. The Steele dossier did not play a limited role. The DOJ inspector general noted the FBI used the Steele dossier as a basis to get FISA wiretaps – meant for terrorists – to go after the Trump campaign. There goes Adam Schiff misleading again.”
Bishop continued: “Adam Schiff is the Jussie Smollett of Congress. He just hasn’t had his trial yet.”
Schiff has been criticized before for his unethical behavior.
Mark Levin, a prominent Fox News host, called for Schiff’s disbarment after it was revealed that one of his staff members altered texts.
On Fox, Levin discussed reports that Schiff and his staff on the Democrat-led January 6 Commission confessed to doctoring text messages between Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, former chief of staff of the White House.
“When it comes to Adam Schiff doctoring evidence, Adam Schiff is a lawyer and has a license in the state of California and maybe other places,” Levin said.
“Rather than us just whining about this reprobate and unethical hack, let’s do something about it. Lawyers are not free to doctor evidence particularly when they are doctoring evidence for the purpose of putting people in prison.”
“That’s exactly what Adam Schiff did. It’s time that people file a serious ethics complaint. Enough is enough. I’d ask the Republicans in Congress, but any citizen can do it – with the ethics arm of the Supreme Court of California and seek the license of Adam Schiff,” he added.
“This guy is unethical,” Levin continued. “He doesn’t deserve to be a member of the bar – he is worse than a slip-and-fall lawyer, he’s a slip-and-fall congressman.”
The committee officially admitted to altering a message between Jordan, one of Trump’s most devoted supporters, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
The Washington Examiner reported about the incident at the time:
The Jan. 6 committee admitted that it changed a text message between former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan, excluding relevant context about how they wanted then-Vice President Mike Pence to handle electoral votes.
A spokesman said Wednesday that the graphics Rep. Adam Schiff showed during a Monday-night hearing about the newly obtained communications between top Trump officials had been reformatted to support the view that Meadows wanted Pence to overturn the election results.
“The Select Committee on Monday created and provided Representative Schiff a graphic to use during the business meeting quoting from a text message from ‘a lawmaker’ to Mr. Meadows. The graphic read, ‘On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all.’ In the graphic, the period at the end of that sentence was added inadvertently. The Select Committee is responsible for and regrets the error,” a spokesman for the select committee said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
The committee cut off half a sentence and paragraphs of further information, then added a period and changed the format so it appeared to be the whole message, the Federalist first reported. The full message was a short summary of a legal briefing Jordan forwarded from lawyer Joseph Schmitz to Meadows on Jan. 5, meaning that a “lawmaker” did not write the message at all, the report added.
The committee’s spokesman provided the entire paragraph “in the interests of transparency.”
“On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, should call out all the electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all — in accordance with guidance from founding father Alexander Hamilton and judicial precedence,” Schmitz’s original text read. “‘No legislative act,’ wrote Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 78, ‘contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.’ The court in Hubbard v. Lowe reinforced this truth: ‘That an unconstitutional statute is not a law at all is a proposition no longer open to discussion.’ 226 F. 135, 137 (SDNY 1915), appeal dismissed, 242 U.S. 654 (1916).”
“Following this rationale, an unconstitutionally appointed elector, like an unconstitutionally enacted statute, is no elector at all,” Schmitz’s text continued.