By Jon Dougherty
To House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, it’s time for fellow California colleague Adam Schiff, now head of the House Intelligence Committee, to practice what he once preached.
During his weekly press conference Thursday, McCarthy said it appears obvious that Schiff has met his own standard to recuse himself from the Democrats’ expanding investigation into POTUS Donald Trump’s finances, now that it appears special counsel Robert Mueller isn’t going to find the ‘goods’ on the president.
McCarthy’s comments come after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s marathon testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday, where the disbarred and convicted lawyer said he met with Schiff to discuss a number of “topics” prior to his testimony.
Two Republican lawmakers on Thursday — Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio (in the above video) and Mark Meadows of North Carolina — referred Cohen to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution over allegations he perjured himself (again) during his testimony.
â€œYesterday there was a hearing. Two weeks ago I put out questions for Chairman of Intel. Committee Adam Schiff â€“ I even have more questions now,” said McCarthy.
â€œIn the hearing with Mr. Cohen, he said that he talked to Chairman Schiff. Question I have, what did they talk about? How many times did they discuss? Did staff meet? Where did they meet? Did they travel to meet?” the Republican leader continued.
â€œJust as I had the question before about his meeting with Glenn Simpson, with Fusion GPS â€“ what did they talk about? How often did they meet as well? Adam Schiff set a standard that said Devin Nunes had to recuse himself. It looks as though Adam Schiff has met that same standard,â€ he concluded.
Schiff has a history of ‘schiffty’ behavior:
As PJ MediaÂ previously reported,Â photos emerged last month of Schiff meeting withÂ Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, a key figure in the Russia collusion scandal, last July at an Aspen security conference.
McCarthy’s comments came asÂ Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel called on Schiff to recuse himself from the investigation.
“Really, the story thatâ€™s not being talked about right now is, Adam Schiff needs to recuse himself from this investigation,” McDaniel declared on the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC),Â PJM’s Tyler O’Neil reported.Â Â “There is no reason why he should be part of this and leading this investigation. And we should all be calling for his recusal from this investigation.”
Schiff has repeatedly claimed beyond all credulity that he knows of ‘evidence’ that POTUS Trump ‘colluded’ with Mother Russia to ‘steal the election’ from Hillary Clinton, but he appears to be the only one who has it because Mueller doesn’t, according to multiple sources.
What’s more, none of the people Mueller has indicted were charged with any crimes related to improper contacts and cooperation with Moscow during the 2016 election.
As for the House Intelligence Committee chair, he’s also got quite the reputation for leaking sensitive data. Even his colleagues are aware of his penchant for leaking.
Last summer, then-Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who had already announced plans to retire after his term ended in January, stated plainly that if Russian collusion evidence existed Schiff would have spilled the beans to his media contacts.
AsÂ reportedÂ byÂ The Daily Caller:
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday that, after 18 months of congressional investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government, he has yet to see a â€œscintillaâ€ of evidence showing that there was coordination between the two sides.
The Republican also said it is unlikely that any Democrat has seen evidence of collusionÂ because if they had, California Rep. Adam Schiff would have already leaked it.
â€œI have not seen one scintilla of evidence that this president colluded, conspired, confederated with Russia, and neither has anyone else,Â or you may rest assured Adam Schiff would have leaked it,â€ Gowdy said during an interview on â€œFox News Sunday.â€
â€œThatâ€™s why theyâ€™ve moved off of collusion onto obstruction of justice, which is now their current preoccupation,â€ he added.
Adam Schiff isn’t going to ‘do the right thing’ and recuse himself, his voters aren’t going to ‘do the right thing’ and replace him at the next opportunity, and Republicans are powerless (right now) to punish him. Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.
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