We haven’t seen the Mueller Report. We have only been given very small, cherry picked excerpts of it by way of Trump’s handpick bitch boy — excuse me — Attorney General, who just so happened to say that it exonerated him on obstruction of justice. But we haven’t seen the Mueller Report, and while what we do know if it says that no conspiracy to collude was proven, we have no clue in the slightest the evidence, if any, that was uncovered that shows even possible collusion, which we know for a pure, unadulterated fact happened because Donald Trump Jr. is a goddamned idiot and his emails about the infamous Trump Tower are literally proof of an attempt to collude with Russia for “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
All of that is vital to understanding the context of what happened in this morning’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in our elections. It’s also vital to understand that President Trump and his goons are trying to smear the committee chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), because for the last two years Schiff has been said in the media that he believes evidence of Trump collusion exists. Schiff has long been the target of some of the harshest vitriol and invective rhetoric from Trump Loyalists. They accuse him of “leaking and lying.”
Just this morning President Mushroom Dong tweeted that Schiff should resign.
Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
The evidence they present for these allegations? You tell me.
Since the Mueller Report was delivered and William Barr summarized in four pages (LOL at that forever), Trumpists have been increasing the heat on Schiff to resign from the committee. During today’s hearing, one after another, the Republicans on the committee assailed Schiff, smearing him up and down, demanding he resign. All of them demanding that Schiff admit the Mueller Report completely refutes any allegations Schiff made…except, well, no one has read the report and even Barr’s own letter says it doesn’t exonerate Trump.
“We have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties,” said Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who led the House’s Russia probe last year. Conaway said Schiff’s insistence that there was ample evidence of collusion were “incompatible with your duties as the chairman of this committee.” And he said the findings in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report — which haven’t yet been viewed by any members of Congress — “conclusively refute” Schiff’s allegations. (Politico)
We all know why the Republicans did this. a) They want to distract everyone that they can from the fact that we actually have not seen the Mueller Report, b) they know their campaign ads that they make from their speeches will only contain their parts, not any rebuttals from Schiff or other Democrats on the committee and c) because they’re douchebags. Okay, well, the last part is all my opinion, but I think the publicly available information backs me up on that assertion.
Clearly Schiff new this was coming, and he was more than prepared. In his own opening remarks, Schiff absolutely tattooed the likes of Devin Nunes and his GOP cohorts. The right likes to pretend that everyone who isn’t a Republican is an idiot, but Schiff is far from it. He’s a former prosecutor and he put on his old lawyerin’ hat before absolutely torching those who attacked him this morning.
The typically soft-spoken Schiff responded angrily, accusing Republicans of ignoring voluminous evidence of the Trump campaign’s efforts to accept Russia’s help in the election. He noted that Donald Trump Jr. met secretly with a Russian lawyer who he hoped would provide dirt on Hillary Clinton and told an associate he would “love” the Russian government’s help. (Politico)
Maybe it’s the inspiration of the new blood in town like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or maybe it’s just Schiff reaching his absolute boiling and breaking point with Republicans smearing him while ignoring the reality about Trump, the Mueller Report, and the Barr Summary of that report. Whatever the reason, Schiff came out swinging and swinging hard. But it’s not like Schiff was spouting off unhinged, unfounded untruths, either. Schiff reiterated that whether or not there’s evidence of collusion, that doesn’t mean there’s a conspiracy; something he echoed all along the way from the time that the investigation opened to the time that Barr summarized it.
“I have always said that the question of whether this amounts to conspiracy is another matter,” he continued, adding, “But I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. And the day we do think that’s OK is the day we will look back and say that is the day America lost its way.”
What brought the house down though, was when Schiff got his former prosecutor on and listed all the things that Trump has done that may not rise to the level of criminality, but are in no way presidential, and likely downright legitimately impeachable. Schiff gave example after example of bizarre, questionable, immoral, and unexplainable things that Trump and/or his people have done and then wound-up and backhanded the Republicans so hard, I wonder if they have teeth in their mouth.
After rattling off a litany of things that Trump has done that range from questionable to unquestionably unethical and likely impeachable, Schiff gave Nunes and the GOP a taste of the modern day equivalent of, “At long last, have you no decency, sir?” In his closing, Schiff put himself in direct contrast with the Republicans who turned a complete and total blind eye to Trump’s insanity, bullying, and most definitely impeachable behavior.
“You might say that’s all okay. You might say that’s just what you need to do to win, but I don’t think it’s okay. I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. And yes, I think it’s corrupt and evidence of collusion.”
Rep. Schiff later posted the statement he made to his Twitter account, and you can watch it below.
I say this to the President, and his defenders in Congress:
You may think it’s okay how Trump and his associates interacted with Russians during the campaign.
I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. And yes, I think it’s corrupt. pic.twitter.com/nTdgRVfssQ
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 28, 2019
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