By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) One flaw in our constitutional system of government — and there are not many — is that the founders assumed members of Congress, in their zeal to protect the institution of the Legislative Branch, would hold members accountable for their misdeeds.
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But as we’ve seen time and again, that’s virtually impossible unless there is some sort of political advantage in it for the majority party.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has disgraced himself, his office, and Congress so many times that if he were a civilian he’d be doing time for the rest of his life as a repeat offender.
Known for leaking and lying, Schiff was busted — again — for the latter on Tuesday, and by no less than an establishment media outlet, POLITICO.
Schiff (D-CA) appears to have â€œmischaracterizedâ€ a piece of evidence used in the Democratsâ€™ impeachment investigation, according to the website, as evidenced by a letter the Intelligence Committee chairman sent to House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler (D-NY) last week.
â€œIn one section of the letter, Schiff claims that Parnas â€˜continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky,â€™ citing a specific text message exchange where Parnas tells Giuliani: â€˜trying to get us mr Z.â€™ The remainder of the exchange â€” which was attached to Schiffâ€™s letter â€” was redacted,â€ POLITICO’s Melanie ZanonaÂ writes.
â€œBut an unredacted version of the exchange shows that several days later, Parnas sent Giuliani a word document that appears to show notes from an interview with Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, followed by a text message to Giuliani that states: â€˜mr Z answers my brother.â€™ That suggests Parnas was referring to Zlochevsky not Zelensky.â€
She noted further that a Democratic â€œdidnâ€™t dispute the suggestion,â€ adding that source said the single letter “z” was most commonly used as a reference to Zelensky.
Meanwhile, a GOP aide interviewed for the story characterized the assumption as Schiff undertaking â€œsloppy oversight work at best.â€
Needless to say, other critics were not quite as understanding or charitable, especially Republican lawmakers who have seen Schiff do these kinds of things over and over again.
Schiff’s sham impeachment is littered with mischaracterizations, falsehoods, & political desperation.
The more Schiff speaks to the American people, the more the support for impeachment is obliterated in the court of public opinion.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) January 22, 2020
Another "bombshell" turns out to be a dud. Adam Schiff ought to prove he can manage basic facts before he tries to manage an #impeachment. Kudos to @seanhannity and @politico for bringing this mischaracterization of the Parnas evidence to light. pic.twitter.com/LcWm2vryUT
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) January 22, 2020
The opening paragraph of this story comes pretty close to a “Republicans pounce” kind of thing.
But the real story is that Adam Schiff, once again, has apparently lied about supposed evidence.https://t.co/5BVGaTpH6M
— Tim Murtaugh – Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) January 22, 2020
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