House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
In the aftermath of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) total surrender last week to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on the issue of sending over the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Democrats have been spinning like tops to undermine the impending impeachment trial before it begins.
Also, though McConnell has made it more than clear that he will not be strong-armed by Democrats over how things will roll once things get underway in the Senate, that hasn’t stopped some of them from continuing to make demands.
One of them, naturally, is House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA), who appeared on ABC’s “The View” on Monday to talk Democratic impeachment strategy going forward. Co-host Abby Huntsman, a Republican, asked the California congressman if he would testify if called as a witness, and if he thought calling 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter as witnesses was plausible.
Here’s what Schiff had to say in response to Huntsman’s question:
“Look, I’m not a fact witness so, other than mollifying the president, I’m not sure why the Senate would call me or Nancy Pelosi as a witness,” Schiff said. “There is not much light Joe Biden or Hunter Biden can shed on the president’s conduct.”
Huntsman said, “Then why not have them show up, if you have nothing to hide?”
“It would convert the Senate trial into the same kind of sham proceeding that the president sought to have Ukraine undertake,” Schiff responded.
Asked if he would testify if subpoenaed, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says he is “not a fact witness”: “Other than mollifying the president, I’m not sure why the Senate would call me or Nancy Pelosi as a witness.” https://t.co/0C1D6J82IN pic.twitter.com/IR5MdWXY6n
— The View (@TheView) January 13, 2020
This is so absurdly off base for so many reasons that it’s hard to know where to start.
Firstly, Schiff very much is a “fact witness” considering his and his office’s shady direct dealings with the whistleblower and their advance knowledge of the whistleblower’s complaint well before anyone else knew. So yeah, we need to know what Schiff knew and when he knew it – and exactly how he received the information.
Secondly, the purpose of having Joe and Hunter Biden testify would be to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that President Trump had legitimate concerns and was acting on behalf of American interests in inquiring about the hacked DNC server, the Burisma issue and Joe Biden’s role in the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor.
Third and lastly, Schiff stating that the Senate calling the Bidens as witnesses would turn this whole thing into a “sham” is absolutely laughable considering the source.
Don’t go away mad, Chairman Schiff. Just go away.