House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., questions Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire,as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
In 2000, Rep. Adam Schiff won his seat in Congress after defeating Republican incumbent James Rogan in a hard fought race. Prior to the election, this district had been trending Democrat and many of its constituents had opposed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton two years earlier. Rogan had been aligned with then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and fully supported the impeachment effort. He was chosen as a “House Manager” in Clinton’s impeachment trial.
Unseating Rogan was a high priority for Democrats in the 2000 election. They achieved their goal when then-state senator Adam Schiff won the election which, at the time, was said to be the most expensive House race ever.
The L.A Times called it a “contest supercharged by a national audience and record spending.”
The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson pointed out the great irony that Schiff won his first seat in Congress by “staking out a hard line against the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.” Yet today, he is leading the charge for the impeachment of President Trump. In fact, Schiff has become the very face of the push for impeachment.
Hasson cites an October 2000 article which appeared in Salon written by Anthony York. “Impeachment as a political issue has all but disappeared from America’s political radar in this election, with even Al Gore refusing to make the partisan death match of 1998 and 1999 a campaign issue in the year 2000. But here, in California’s 27th District, Rogan’s battle with Democratic state Sen. Adam Schiff seems the last bloody battle of the impeachment war…Schiff used impeachment as a fundraising tool.”
Hasson also dug up some of Schiff’s campaign literature from 2000. In a fundraising letter, Schiff is quoted saying, “in the partisan impeachment hearings that polarized our nation for so long, the right-wing Rogan stood out.”
Breitbart’s Joel Pollak unearthed a CNN article entitled “Specter of impeachment haunts Rep. Jim Rogan’s re-election effort,” which was written in 2000.
Following the impeachment of Bill Clinton, in the House election of 2000, Democrats made defeating Jim Rogan their highest priority. Adam Schiff was delegated as Clinton’s hatchet-man on the left coast.
When Clinton was acquitted in 1999 of perjury and obstruction of justice charges, the Clintons vowed to take Jim Rogan out. And together with a loyal pack of national leftist operatives, they engineered the biggest funneling of Democratic money into a single U.S. House race in American history. To distance them from Clinton’s affairs, they picked Adam Schiff, a fledgling leftist party lapdog as their pawn to checkmate Rogan’s career.
The election of 2000 was the most noxiously repugnant, clandestine and brutal campaign in U.S. history. From the day the party tossed Schiff’s Dodgers cap into the ring, the left’s propaganda machine was in overdrive to defame Rogan. They were on a mission not to just defeat him, but to destroy him. Bill Clinton even held a fundraiser in Washington for Schiff. This was the first time in history a president hosted a fundraiser for a congressional candidate who was not an incumbent.
Equally ironic, according to the L.A. Times, in 2000 Schiff touted himself as someone who had “a good record of working in a bipartisan way to find solutions.”
Schiff won the election and arrived in Washington in 2001 where he remained obscure until he recognized his moment had arrived at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He became a cheerleader for the new narrative which was that the Russians had hacked the DNC’s computer to help Trump win the election. Happy to talk to any reporter, he soon became the “go-to guy” for anything related to the Trump/Russia investigation. Schiff was finally receiving the admiration he’d craved from the Democratic Party. He never missed an opportunity to assure the American people that evidence of Trump’s collusion with Russia was hiding in plain sight. He’d found his niche. Adam Schiff – spewer of lies and hate.
For over three years, Schiff has been the face of the Democrats’ failed effort to connect President Trump to the Russians. Deeply disappointed after Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel failed to deliver, Schiff pounced on the opportunity Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian President offered him. And he is all in.
It’s safe to say that Schiff is neither anti-impeachment, nor bipartisan. He is fighting for the very things he denounced in 2000. He is a morally bankrupt partisan hack. If he ever had any personal or political convictions, they were cast aside a long time ago in his personal and professional quest for glory.