Sleazebag Adam Schiff Wilts When Confronted over Steele Dossier Lies
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), according to journalist Glenn Greenwald, is an “amoral sociopath.” Schiff, as chair of the House Intelligence Committee has a visceral and pathological hatred of former President Donald Trump. As a frequent guest of mainstream and cable news anti-trump talking heads, he gleefully pushed and promoted the famous (and fake) Steele dossier.
The Steele dossier was a political opposition report accusing the Trump presidential campaign of misconduct, conspiracy and cooperation with Russia. Even liberal hacks at NPR described the report as an “explosive dossier of unsubstantiated and salacious material.”
The report, among other things, alleges that the Russians cultivated President Trump over a period of five years and that there was a “well-developed conspiracy of co-operation between [the Trump campaign] and the Russian leadership.” It also contains an unbelievable tale of President Trump paying Russian prostitutes to urinate on a hotel bed once slept in by President Obama.
In reality, the report was opposition research on a rival paid for by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. It is a work of fiction by a former British intelligence official, Christopher Steele, and is based on lies by Igor Danchencko, who is now under indictment for lying to the FBI. After one of Hillary’s lawyers gave the dossier to the FBI (for which he was indicted for), the FBI used it to begin a baseless investigation that cost over $30 million and hamstrung the administration for years to come.
In fact, FBI Special counsel John Durham admits that “the FBI ultimately devoted substantial resources attempting to investigate the uncorroborated lies in the dossier.”
The main source for the dossier was Russian analyst and ex-pat Igor Danchenko. During Durham’s ongoing investigation, Danchenko allegedly lied to FBI agents about his sourcing and political connections in gathering the information. Danchednko told FBI agents he never communicated with a Democratic PR executive with a long-time association with Democrats and Hillary’s campaign.
During arraignment in federal court in Virginia, Danchenko pleaded not guilty to the charges of lying to the FBI.
Adam Schiff, as head of the intelligence committee, during the time when it was not known if the accusations against President Trump were real or fake, used his influence and stature to promote a pathological series of “Russiagate” lies. Said Greenwald, “(Schiff) spent years promoting the Steele Dossier. He read it into the Congressional Record. He lied about the ‘smoking gun’ evidence he saw (that Mueller never found)…”
Then Greenwald added, “Watch how (Schiff) worms his way around to avoid even an iota of mea culpa.”
When confronted by a former Trump administration official who was guest hosting on The View, he did exactly that. Schiff, squirmed and waffled during some pointed accusations by former State Department employee, Morgan Ortagus. Ortagus accused Schiff of violating the trust of those who appointed him to the intel committee chair.
Said Schiff, “It’s one thing to say allegations should be investigated, and they were. It’s another to say that we should have foreseen in advance that some people were lying to Christopher Steele, which is impossible, of course, to do.”
And then, in a classic example of illogical self-justification, Schiff added this gem: “None of that serious misconduct is in any way diminished by the fact that people lied to Christopher Steele.”
So, people were lying, but that didn’t diminish Donald Trump’s culpability in something that was a lie? It’s hard to believe that even a shifty character like Schiff can wrap his head around that whopper.