House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
There’s been a lot of talk and bluster (more so than normal) on Capitol Hill in the aftermath of the House’s vote last month to impeach President Trump. Much of it has centered on why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other House Democratic leaders like Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) have decided to sit on the articles of impeachment for what appears to be an indefinite period of time instead of pushing forward as they did after Pelosi declared the impeachment inquiry back in September.
Because Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made it clear the Senate has no intention of playing by the Democrats’ rules when it comes to the Senate’s impending impeachment trial, Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other Democrats have made a show out of condemning McConnell for admitting he would not be an impartial juror during the Senate trial, an absurd complaint when you consider the hypocrites making it.
Schiff appeared on Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union” program Sunday on CNN and was asked about impeachment and how Democrats planned to proceed. In his answer, Schiff revealed the true strategy for PelosiCo. was to a) “flush out” Republican Senators to see where they stood, and b) to make sure Trump has a “fair trial” (LOL):
TAPPER: How long are Democrats — Democratic leaders prepared to hold on to the articles? Might this go until February? Could this be indefinite?
SCHIFF: I don’t think it’s going to be indefinite, no. I don’t think that’s at all the desire and motivation here. The desire is to get a commitment from the Senate that they’re going to have a fair trial. Fair to the president, yes, but fair to the American people.
TAPPER: McConnell is not going to do what you guys want him to do.
SCHIFF: Well, McConnell, I think is — one success that this has already had is flushing out McConnell. Showing that he is working cahoots with the president, that he has made himself an active participant in the president’s cover up. So, the American people needed to see that and now they do. We also —
TAPPER: So, you’re never going to get what you want though? I mean, isn’t that — isn’t that what you are saying?
SCHIFF: No. That’s not necessarily the case either because you are also seeing the effect of this is flushing out senators where Democrats and Republicans are now having to go on the record and say, do we want to witnesses? Do we want to see the documents? Do we want the American people to hear the evidence? Do we want a real trial or do we want a cover up?
Rep. Adam Schiff on the Senate impeachment trial: “I think withholding the articles has thus far flushed out where Mitch McConnell’s coming from… it’s my hope that, that pressure will result in a real trial fair to the American people as well as fair to the President.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/j8ECYZaFjk
— CNN (@CNN) January 5, 2020
The words “laughable” and “hilarious” come to mind here, because in the eyes of Schiff, Pelosi, Schumer and the rest the definition of a “fair trial” is a trial in which Trump would be found guilty and removed from office – done by way of playing by their rules. Any other trial outcome would be considered “unfair” and evidence of a “cover up.” What this says about Democrats is that for all their whining about how there should be no “pre-judging” of the evidence, Democrats have done an awful lot of that themselves – and well before any impeachment inquiries were ever launched.
Even people who don’t follow politics that closely can see right through their sham complaints about fairness and impartiality.
Also, the assertion that they’ve held on to articles of impeachment, in part, in order to “flush out” Republican Senators is hysterical. The definition of “flushing out” relates to getting someone to reveal themselves or their true nature. There was never any doubt where McConnell stood on Trump’s impeachment just as there was never any doubt where Chuck Schumer stood on Bill Clinton’s. Just as there was never any doubt where Adam Schiff stood on Trump’s.
If Academy Awards were given for most dramatic acting performance by a male politician in the Trump era, Schiff would be a multi-time nominee of the award, if not the outright winner. He’s aiding and abetting in trying to pull off an impeachment con on the American people, but ultimately the only people he’s deluding are his fellow Democrats – and himself.