When even the Washington Post is calling a Democrat for lying not only once but a second time, you know that that Democrat must be setting a new standard for falsehoods that the WaPo just can’t avoid reporting.
They nailed House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA), but good.
Schiff has a long history of not telling the truth.
He famously claimed that there was evidence of which he was aware that proved conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians. He of course never produced such evidence and the Mueller report concluded that there was no conspiracy.
He opened hearings into the Trump-Zelensky July 25 Ukraine call by lying about what was said in the call, knowing that many might not see the transcript of what was actually said. He later claimed it was “parody” but then continued to lie about the call during television interviews to make President Donald Trump look bad.
The WaPo had previously given Schiff four Pinocchios in October for lying about contacts with the whistleblower claiming his panel had “not spoken directly with the whistleblower.” WaPo called that “flat-out false.” Schiff’s committee aide had in fact met with the whistleblower and even recommended he file a complaint. The whistleblower also sent Schiff a letter dated Aug. 12, apprising him about the call/complaint.
Schiff has continued to tell falsehoods throughout the hearings, including that he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is. Yet during the hearing with Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, he stopped him from naming one of the people whom he discussed the July 25th call with, claiming it was necessary to “protect the whistleblower.” Rep. Jim Jordan nailed him on it yesterday during the hearing.
🔥JIM JORDAN NUKES SCHIFF ON LIVE TV 🔥
Jordan was asking about who was leaking national security information.
Schiff stops him to "protect the whistleblower"
Jordan to Schiff:
"You have said you don't know who the whistleblower is – even though no one believes you."
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 19, 2019
Schiff has tried to clean up the disaster his witnesses have left during the day, recasting what they actually said to more closely fit his narrative. For example, he falsely claimed yesterday that Vindman thought Trump broke the law when Vindman never said that.
There was a virtual host of lies for which the WaPo could have nailed him. But they did give him three Pinocchios for a big lie which has inhibited getting at the truth of the proceedings. Three and four Pinocchios means the lie is more egregious.
From The Hill:
Schiff has said repeated recently, including during impeachment hearings on Tuesday, that the whistleblower who filed a formal complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine, has a statutory right to remain anonymous.
“The whistleblower has the right, a statutory right, to anonymity. These proceedings will not be used to out the whistleblower,” Schiff said Tuesday.
The Post fact-checker disagreed, stating “it’s not a right spelled out in any statute.”
The WaPo noted that anonymity is not included in the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act.
“The case for Three: The ICWPA doesn’t include language granting whistleblowers a right to anonymity. Neither do other statutes, directives or court rulings that apply to the intelligence community,” it reads.
Every Republican should be calling out this lie in the hearings every time they have the opportunity to speak. He continues to deceive the public and suffers no consequences for his lies.