Adam Schiff is a member of the United States House of Representatives from California's 28th district and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) in the 116th Congress. Schiff is known for what many have described as his psychotic stare. Schiff came to national notoriety by cooking up "drug deals" in the closed-door basement bunker of the U.S. Capitol to overthrtow American democracy.
In the 116th Congress, Nancy Pelosi appointed Schiff chair of the House Intelligence Committee. The committee was supposed to be looking into "Russian hacking" and the Obama administration's domestic political spying. In the aftermath of Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential election loss, Democrats, Obama intelligence operatives, and the Progressive media put out the fake news story that "Russians hacked the DNC." Such reports were subsequently discredited. In 2018 it was reported Schiff sought to obtain nude photos of President Trump from a foreign source to affect an election.
- Main article: Ukrainian collusion
A whistleblower complaint by Eric Ciaramella addressed to Sen. Richard Burr of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Adam Schiff was marked "urgent concern" alleging collusion between President Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine. The Intelligence community Inspector General (ISIG) and Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) determined the complaint was not of "urgent concern" and DNI James McGuire acted properly. The Dept. of Justice Office of Legal Counsel strongly rebuked ICIG Michael Atkinson’s original granting whistleblower status based on hearsay. interpretation of his responsibility with the complaint. In the OLC opinion, they point out that Atkinson’s internal justification for accepting the whistleblower complaint was poor legal judgement.
The whistleblower complaint was fabricated to deliver an outcome in the same way the Steele Dossier was fabricated to deliver an outcome. Lee Smith explains in The New York Post that 'Trump-Ukraine' became necessary because the Trump-Russia ‘obstruction’ failed. What Democrats and their fake news media allies really want is to torpedo Attorney General William Barr’s probe into the origins of the Russian collusion hoax. The whistleblower complaint and news reports of a call to Australia both serve the same dual-purpose: to advance the anti-Trump conspiracy and to shield its perpetrators by smearing Barr and discrediting his investigation into the origins of Spygate.
The whistleblower’s written complaint, based entirely on hearsay, presents Trump’s request that the Ukrainian leader work with Barr to “get to the bottom” of the collusion hoax as part of the alleged quid pro quo. That suggests the whistleblower and his confreres in the intelligence apparatus are worried about Barr's investigation and what it will uncover about their spying on the Trump campaign. The FBI's investigation began in July 2016, based on a tip from Alexander Downer, then Australia's envoy to Britain. He alleged that Trump volunteer George Papadopoulos told him that the Russians had damaging information on Clinton.
To negate the bad news stories coming out about the Obama administration, Clinton campaign, and DNC illegal activities during the 2016 presidential election, Schiff opened an impeachment inquiry of President Trump without an authorization by the full House of Congress. Schiff's intelligence committee is not the committee of jurisdiction handling impeachment probes under constitutional due process.
Schiff's handling of his so-called "impeachment inquiry" has violated 6th Amendment due process rights of the accused, denying the right of counsel, to cross-examination, and to present evidence and witnesses. The inquiry was mounted on hearsay and manufactured hearsay evidence. Many have likened the Schiff hearings to the Stalinist show trials of the 1930s. Schiff is a sponsor of the Soviet-style Medicare for All bill. Upon ascending to the chair Schiff said he would only speak with Julian Assange "when he's in chains." When the pre-fabricated term "quid pro quo" failed to catch on with CNN viewers as a basis for abrogating constitutional rights and nullifying elections, Schiff switched to "bribery," the implication evidently being that when the executive branch disburses funds authorized by Congress, the chief executive can be held to account for bribery. A focus group conducted by the DCCC in key swing states of the 2020 presidential election found voters reacted more positively the term "bribery" rather than "quid pro quo" as an impeachable offense.
Biden threatened ethics complaints against any member who mentioned the alleged whistleblower's name, which made no sense being that Schiff stated he did not know who the whistleblower was.
DNC talking points were immediately dispatched to mainstream media to drop "quid pro quo" and insert "bribery" as the key offense Schiff was looking for. Schiff has been widely criticized for his sexist and bigotted treatment of female elected members of congress during his hearings.
In April 2016 the 2016 Clinton campaign, DNC, and Obama for America hired Simpson's firm FusionGPS to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. Simpson's wife, Mary Jacoby visited the Obama White House shortly thereafter. DNC General Counsel Marc E. Elias of Perkins Coie hired FusionGPS for their clients, the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. Through FusionGPS, the Clinton campaign and DNC paid Russians for dirt on Donald Trump. None of the work Fusion did for the Free Beacon was related to Russia or the false allegations of the Steele dossier.
On December 8, 2017 Schiff leaked to Manu Raju of CNN a story about WikiLeaks and a Don Trump, Jr email. The date on the email was deliberately altered to 10 days earlier. Schiff took the bait in a Sessions DOJ leak investigation and gave it to CNN. This identified the leaker. This also is why the DOJ and FBI were reluctant to comply with House subpoenas because of the presence of known leakers.
The Carter Page FISA warrant application was given to the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees in March 2017, but as of July 2018 was never given to the House Intelligence Committee because of Adam Schiff's leaking. As members of the minority, Schiff effectively thwarted the House investigation of Trump-Russia collusion by illegal leaking.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote:
Democratic National Committee emails before they were published on the internet. As CNN sees the world, this would prove collusion between the Trump family and WikiLeaks and, more importantly, between Trump and Russia, since the U.S. intelligence community regards WikiLeaks as an “arm of Russian intelligence,” and therefore, so does the U.S. media.
This entire revelation was based on an email that CNN strongly implied it had exclusively obtained and had in its possession. The email was sent by someone named “Michael J. Erickson” — someone nobody had heard of previously and whom CNN could not identify — to Donald Trump Jr., offering a decryption key and access to DNC emails that WikiLeaks had “uploaded.” The email was a smoking gun, in CNN’s extremely excited mind, because it was dated September 4  — 10 days before WikiLeaks began promoting access to those emails online — and thus proved that the Trump family was being offered special, unique access to the DNC archive: likely by WikiLeaks and the Kremlin. It’s impossible to convey with words what a spectacularly devastating scoop CNN believed it had...There was just one small problem with this story: It was fundamentally false, in the most embarrassing way possible...
The email was not dated September 4, as CNN claimed, but rather September 14 — which means it was sent after WikiLeaks had already published access to the DNC emails online. Thus, rather than offering some sort of special access to Trump, “Michael J. Erickson” was simply some random person from the public encouraging the Trump family to look at the publicly available DNC emails that WikiLeaks — as everyone by then already knew — had publicly promoted. In other words, the email was the exact opposite of what CNN presented it as being.
...Democratic Party pundits, operatives, and journalists with huge social media platforms predictably jumped on the story immediately, announcing that it proved collusion between Trump and Russia (through WikiLeaks). One tweet from Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu, claiming that this proved evidence of criminal collusion, was retweeted thousands and thousands of times in just a few hours (Lieu quietly deleted the tweet after I noted its falsity, and long after it went very viral, without ever telling his followers that the CNN story, and therefore his accusation, had been debunked).
Brookings Institution’s Benjamin Wittes, whose star has risen as he has promoted himself as a friend of disgraced former FBI Director Jim Comey, not only promoted the CNN story in the morning, but did so with the word “boom” — which he uses to signal that a major blow has been delivered to Trump on the Russia story — along with a GIF of a cannon being detonated. Incredibly, to this very moment — almost 24 hours after CNN’s story was debunked — Wittes has never noted to his more than 200,000 followers that the story he so excitedly promoted turned out to be utterly false, even though he returned to Twitter long after the story was debunked to tweet about other matters. He just left his false and inflammatory claims uncorrected.
Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall believed the story was so significant that he used an image of an atomic bomb detonating at the top of his article discussing its implications, an article he tweeted to his roughly 250,000 followers. Only at night was an editor’s note finally added noting that the whole thing was false.
It’s hard to quantify exactly how many people were deceived — filled with false news and propaganda — by the CNN story. But thanks to Democratic-loyal journalists and operatives who decree every Trump-Russia claim to be true without seeing any evidence, it’s certainly safe to say that many hundreds of thousands of people, almost certainly millions, were exposed to these false claims.
...CBS News claimed that it had independently “confirmed” CNN’s story about the email and published its own breathless article discussing the grave implications of this discovered collusion.
Most embarrassing of all was what MSNBC did. You just have to watch this report from its “intelligence and national security correspondent” Ken Dilanian to believe it. Like CBS, Dilanian also claimed that he had independently “confirmed” the false CNN report from “two sources with direct knowledge of this.” Dilanian, whose career in the U.S. media continues to flourish the more he is exposed as someone who faithfully parrots what the CIA tells him to say (since that is one of the most coveted and valued attributes in U.S. journalism), spent three minutes mixing evidence-free CIA claims as fact with totally false assertions about what his multiple “sources with direct knowledge” told him about all this. Please watch this — again, not just the content but the tenor and tone of how they “report” — as it is Baghdad Bob-level embarrassing.
Think about what this means. It means that at least two — and possibly more — sources, which these media outlets all assessed as credible in terms of having access to sensitive information, all fed the same false information to multiple news outlets at the same time. For multiple reasons, the probability is very high that these sources were Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee or their high-level staff members [Adam Schiff later admitted to leaking the false information], which is the committee that obtained access to Trump Jr.’s emails, although it’s certainly possible that it’s someone else. We won’t know until these news outlets deign to report this crucial information to the public: Which “multiple sources” acted jointly to disseminate incredibly inflammatory, false information to the nation’s largest news outlets?
...Did these “multiple sources” who fed not just CNN, but also MSNBC and CBS completely false information do so deliberately and in bad faith? Until these news outlets provide an accounting of what happened — what one might call “minimal journalistic transparency” — it’s impossible to say for certain. But right now, it’s very difficult to imagine a scenario in which multiple sources all fed the wrong date to multiple media outlets innocently and in good faith...
No matter your views on those political controversies, no matter how much you hate Trump or regard Russia as a grave villain and threat to our cherished democracy and freedoms, it has to be acknowledged that when the U.S. media is spewing constant false news about all of this, that, too, is a grave threat to our democracy and cherished freedom.
So numerous are the false stories about Russia and Trump over the last year that I literally cannot list them all. Just consider the ones from the last week alone: ABC News suspended a star reporter, Brian Ross, after an inaccurate report that Donald Trump had instructed Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, to contact Russian officials during the presidential race. The report fueled theories about coordination between the Trump campaign and a foreign power, and stocks dropped after the news. In fact, Mr. Trump’s instruction to Mr. Flynn came after he was president-elect. Several news outlets, including Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, also inaccurately reported this week that Deutsche Bank had received a subpoena from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, for President Trump’s financial records.
...Here is just a sample of incredibly inflammatory claims that traveled all over the internet before having to be corrected, walked back, or retracted — often long after the initial false claims spread, and where the corrections receive only a tiny fraction of the attention with which the initial false stories are lavished:
*Russia hacked into the U.S. electric grid to deprive Americans of heat during winter (Wash Post)
*An anonymous group (PropOrNot) documented how major U.S. political sites are Kremlin agents (Wash Post)
*WikiLeaks has a long, documented relationship with Putin (Guardian)
*A secret server between Trump and a Russian bank has been discovered (Slate)
*RT hacked C-SPAN and caused disruption in its broadcast (Fortune)
*Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app (Crowdstrike)...
*Links have been found between Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci and a Russian investment fund under investigation (CNN)
That really is just a small sample. So continually awful and misleading has this reporting been that even Vladimir Putin’s most devoted critics — such as Russian expatriate Masha Gessen, oppositional Russian journalists, and anti-Kremlin liberal activists in Moscow — are constantly warning that the U.S. media’s unhinged, ignorant, paranoid reporting on Russia is harming their cause in all sorts of ways, in the process destroying the credibility of the U.S. media in the eyes of Putin’s opposition...
At minimum, these networks — CNN, MSNBC, and CBS — have to either identify who purposely fed them this blatantly false information or explain how it’s possible that “multiple sources” all got the same information wrong in innocence and good faith. Until they do that, their cries and protests the next time they’re attacked as “Fake News” should fall on deaf ears, since the real author of those attacks — the reason those attacks resonate — is themselves and their own conduct."
"I think of a spider web, with a tarantula in the middle. And the tarantula, in my view, is Vladimir Putin, who is entrapping many people to do his bidding and to engage with him. And I would include those like Roger Stone and Carter Page and Michael Caputo and Wilbur Ross and Paul Manafort and Rex Tillerson."Russophobia was a key element of Nazi racial theories and propaganda to sow hatred and division. A December 2017 tweet from a Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard supporter observed:
#AdamSchiff personally profits by spewing #Russia-gate lies. Schiff gets donations from #Ukraine arms dealer Igor #Pasternak, who wants the US to ship more lethal weapons to Kiev's Neo #Nazi regime that kills ethnic Russians.
Schiff authored the infamous Schiff memo, claiming that the KGB,
"in their approach to Papadopoulos, the Russians used common tradecraft and employed a cut-out,” a “Kremlin-linked…Maltese professor named Joseph Mifsud.”Lee Smith of Realclearinvestigations.com observes (despite the Schiff memo and Mueller's Statement of Offense against Papadopoulos):
If Mifsud truly is a Russian agent – which is key to the collusion narrative – he could prove to be one of the most promiscuous spies in modern history. Western intelligence agencies and European politicians would have to spend the next few decades repairing the damage he did to global security by infiltrating key institutions and personnel. As of yet, however, there is no indication that any intelligence service has begun the embarrassing, but highly important, assessment of how it was penetrated and how it can re-fortify the vulnerabilities that Mifsud may have exposed. There has been no public effort to arrest him.Mifsud underwent four days of questioning in the United States by the FBI and was not arrested.
The Washington Post reported,
"Steele, after consulting with Glenn Simpson, reaches out to the FBI about what he has heard."
The Schiff memo denied this fact. Clinton flunky Christopher Steele gave FBI Agent Mike Gaeta a copy of dossier at the offices of Steele's firm, Orbis in London. Permission was given by Victoria Nuland to meet with Steele. Nuland received a copy by mid July 2016 and passed it to FBI.
The story of Ed Buck, a major California-based Democrat donor, is illustrative. Buck has contributed heavily to Democrats in the Los Angeles area, as well as to more prominent politicians such as Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.), Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff. In 2017 two gay black men were found dead in Buck's home just months apart. Following the deaths, a number of young gay black men came forward and said that Buck has a "fetish for shooting drugs into black men he picks up off the street or hookup sites." A mother of one of the deceased filed a civil suit against Buck accusing the liberal donor of human trafficking and revenge porn, CBS News reports. The wrongful death suit was filed after the heavily Democratic area district attorney's office said there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against Buck.
In 2009 Schiff introduced Dr. Ed Bruce Hensel at a rally as his "good friend." Hensel worked for 29 years as NBC's chief medical correspondent. He was arrested for soliciting sexually explicit photos from a 9-year-old girl.
In popular culture
- Schiff has inspired numerous neologisms including "schiff for brains" and "bullschiff.".
- President Trump has tweeted him spelling his name Adam Schitt.
- The Duran: Adam Schiff’s collusion with oligarch, Ukrainian arms dealer, exposed.
- Antiwar.com: Adam Schiff: Grifter, Racketeer, Warmonger.
- EVIDENCE EXISTS TO CHARGE SCHIFF WITH TREASON, Jerome Corsi | February 7, 2018.
- Confessore, Scott Shane, Nicholas; Rosenberg, Matthew (11 January 2017). "How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump". The New York Times.
- Confessore, Scott Shane, Nicholas; Rosenberg, Matthew (11 January 2017). "How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump". The New York Times.
- "none of the work product that the Free Beacon received appears in the Steele dossier. The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele. Nor did we have any knowledge of the relationship between Fusion GPS and the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie, and the Clinton campaign." https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-free-beacon-responds-to-report-it-funded-fusion-gps-anti-trump-opposition-effort/article/2638855