Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence near the end of five hours of questioning of FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017. From left on bottom row, Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., and from left on top row, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member, and Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) really knows how to pick his witnesses with his newfound power as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

The first witness to testify before Congress this year in his committee, Michael Cohen, is of course a convicted felon for lying to Congress. I think it tells us more about the character of Schiff than of Cohen but it was his choice to make.

Tomorrow, Schiff will have a public hearing with the guest of honor being none other than another convicted felon, Felix Sater.

For some excellent background on Sater, please read a Feb. 2017 post from streiff here, where he described the character of Sater:

A. Felix Sater is a thug, an ex-con, and a general criminal. He’s not someone who should be around the president in person or even in telephone or written communications with him.

And a more recent detailed post from Dec. 2018 by Elizabeth Vaughn here, where I learned that Sater has already testified to Congress:

Sources say Sater, whom Cohen described as a “salesman,” testified to the House intelligence panel in late 2017…

There’s also this Dec. 2015 hit piece from The New York Daily News during the runup to the election to “prove” Trump really did have ties to the mob by his brief association with Sater:

A newly-revealed video deposition shows real-estate mogul Donald Trump confused when asked under oath about his relationship to a twice-convicted felon with ties to the Mafia.

Trump has long faced allegations of connections to the mob, but his relationship with Felix Sater — who pleaded guilty in 1998 to racketeering in a fraud scheme involving the Genovese and Bonanno crime families — represents a more direct link between the presidential candidate and organized crime.

My first question is, why is Schiff wasting taxpayer time and dollars by bringing back witnesses that he already listened to their testimony while he was he was the Ranking Member?

The Gateway Pundit may have the answer:

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff announced on March 1st that Democrats will call in Felix Sater on March 14th to testify before Congress.

Schiff did this to offset the negative news expected related to the fake Trump – Russia dossier coming out tomorrow as well. 

The problem for Schiff is Sater is a deep state Democrat with ties to the Clintons and the Mueller gang.

The list of those that enabled Sater to remain free after being charged with racketeering in 1998 could literally be taken from the annals of those involved with the Russian collusion illusion! (from the same Gateway Pundit link above).

It was reported that Sater’s connections began in 1998 [emphasis added]:

Sater pleaded guilty to racketeering in December 1998. But instead of being sentenced, Sater, like 16 other defendants in the case, signed a cooperation agreement with the US government, and his entire case file was sealed.

Signing Sater’s cooperation agreement for the Department of Justice was Andrew Weissmann, then an assistant US attorney and now a key member of the special counsel’s team. Mueller himself would be the FBI director for most of the time Sater served as a source.

The US attorney who oversaw Sater’s pump-and-dump case was Loretta Lynch, later the attorney general under President Barack Obama. While the Senate was considering her confirmation, Sen. Orrin Hatch asked Lynch about how her office handled Sater’s fraud case. In a written response, she said:

“The defendant in question, Felix Sater, provided valuable and sensitive information to the government during the course of his cooperation, which began in or about December 1998. For more than 10 years, he worked with prosecutors providing information crucial to national security and the conviction of over 20 individuals, including those responsible for committing massive financial fraud and members of La Cosa Nostra. For that reason, his case was initially sealed.”

And of course Mueller served as U.S. Attorney General during that time at the pleasure of none other than President Clinton.

Don’t forget, Paul Sperry reported that Sater was the bogus Buzzfeed source that the Mueller team had to refute as false:

Paul Sperry @paulsperry_

We can only hope that Schiff’s next star witness perjures himself before Congress tomorrow.

Better yet, that Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary committee will release Sater’s still sealed testimony from 2017 before the hearing.

Get out your popcorn folks!