Adam Schiff

That schiffty Mr. Schiff

Featured image I wrote this past December about House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff’s acquisition of telephone records used in the committee’s “impeachment inquiry report” here (part 1), here (part 2), here (part 3), and here (part 4). In those posts I tried to infer the underlying facts from the “impeachment inquiry report.” We were nevertheless left hanging. How did Schiff do that? Kim Strassel follows up this week in her Wall Street »

Schiff’s closing fantasia

Featured image Chief House impeachment manager has established himself as a contender for recognition as the most repulsive Democratic officeholder in the United States. The competition is intense, however, and I may be overlooking some obvious candidates for the crown. Schiff continues to chart the path upward in the Democratic Party. Schiff continued in his accustomed vein during closing arguments in the Senate impeachment trial yesterday. Tristan Justice isolated a notable thread »

The question rephrased & unanswered

Featured image I believe that Senator Ron Johnson rephrased the question Senator Paul submitted to Chief Justice Roberts as set forth in the adjacent post. Chief Justice Robert having declined to read the question, Senator Johnson gave it another go. The question alludes to the RCP columm by Paul Sperry that we also published last week in “Whistleblower overheard.” Not surprisingly, Chief House impeachment manager and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff »

This Schiff scharade

Featured image Yesterday during the question and answer portion of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senators Josh Hawley and Jerry Moran submitted a question for Chief Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff regarding the “whistleblower” who set the train in motion. The gist of the question: “Where’s Waldo Whistleblower?” Everyone in Washington knows who he is, if not where he is. Schiff knows. The senators wondered about his past work with Joe »

Where’s Waldo whistleblower?

Featured image In his presentation on behalf of President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial yesterday, White House Deputy Counsel Patrick Philbin raised the question of Adam Schiff and the whistleblower. Why have we not heard from him? Why has Schiff deep-sixed the testimony about him? RealClearPolitics has posted video of Philbin’s remarks along with this (lightly edited) transcript: PHILBEN: I want to touch on one last point before I yield to »

There are some things it’s embarrassing to know

Featured image A hundred years ago, give or take fifty, I was part of a team that competed for my high school on a quiz show called “It’s Academic.” During one of our matches, I correctly provided the answer “Bye Bye Blackbird” to a question about a song written in the 1920s. Afterwards, I joked with a teammate that I had been reluctant to press the buzzer and answer the question because »

We now know: Full of Schiff (2)

Featured image When then House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes released his memo asserting that the FBI had improperly taken out FISA warrants on Carter Page, Ranking Member Adam Schiff responded with a memo of his own disputing it. The Nunes memo is accessible here and elsewhere; the Schiff memo is accessible here and elsewhere. Both Nunes and Schiff had access to the same classified information for their memos, but Nunes was »

We now know: Full of Schiff

Featured image In a February 2018 memo that earned him nothing but opprobrium and abuse, Rep. Devin Nunes laid out the truth of the FISA abuse underlying the Obama administration’s surveillance of the Trump campaign. Rep. Adam Schiff disputed the Nunes memo with a competing memo of his own. Following the Department of Justice Inspector General report issued last week by Michael Horowitz, however, Schiff has been incapacitated from keeping up this »

Censure Schiff, not Trump

Featured image Politico reports that a small group of House Democrats — about ten of them — are floating the idea of censuring President Trump instead of impeaching him. All of these Democrats represent districts carried by President Trump three years ago. Among them are Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), and Ben McAdams (D-Utah). Schrader explained: I think it’s certainly appropriate and might be a little more bipartisan, »

About those phone records (6)

Featured image Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal included a brief editorial on the phone records obtained and published by Adam Schiff for his impeachment report. Having read the new book by Journal editorial board member Kim Strassel — Resistance (At All Costs) — I infer that the editorial is by the great Ms. Strassel. Picking up on one of the Sunday gabfests we overlooked, the editorial reports that Margaret Brennan of CBS asked »

The Yovanovitch farce

Featured image I want to add two points to the ones Scott makes about the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch. First, Yovanovitch had nothing of significance to say about issues relevant to impeachment. Second, her testimony was an attempt by Adam Schiff to play the identity politics card. Yovanovitch was not the ambassador to Ukraine during the period when the Trump administration withheld military aid. She has no knowledge as to why the »