Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is practically salivating over the prospect of taking over the House Intelligence Committee in January.
Having been forced to play second banana to Devin Nunes for the last two years while the latter did his damnedest to pry into the corrupt machinations of the Obama administration’s plot to steal the election, he’s finally got the handcuffs off. And it’s clear from everything he’s said to date that we’ve seen the last of the Intel Committee’s oversight work. Now the page will turn and Schiff will do everything in his power to complement the Mueller investigation and give Democrats the headwinds going into 2020.
Schiff was yipping and yapping this weekend, telling CBS’s Face the Nation that Trump could go to prison after leaving the White House. Knowing full well that this is the red meat Liberal America wants to hear, Schiff gave us a preview of the kind of nonsense we can expect to hear from House Democrats for the next two years.
“There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him,” Schiff said. “That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.”
Schiff was riffing off the much-ballyhooed Michael Cohen sentencing filing, which indirectly accuses Donald Trump of directing his longtime lawyer to make payments to two women threatening to come forward with stories of their illicit affairs with the candidate.
Sharp-eyed readers may recall that the Mueller investigation was supposed to be about Trump’s collusion with Moscow, but apparently that’s not relevant anymore. Kremlin collusion is old and busted, payments to Stormy Daniels is the new hotness.
By this time next year, they’ll be talking about impeaching Trump for jaywalking in 1985.
Schiff said that the next president may have to consider whether or not to pardon Trump for his crimes.
“We have been discussing the issue of pardons the president may offer to people or dangle in front of people,” Schiff said. “The bigger pardon question may come down the road, as the next president has to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump.”
It didn’t take long, though, for Schiff to low-key acknowledge the absurdity of his predictions. Asked if he was ready to pursue the impeachment of the president, Schiff wavered.
“I think we have to wait until we have the full picture,” he said. “Is a crime directed and coordinated by the president which helped him to attain office sufficient to remove him from that office?”
The answer to that question is an unequivocal and obvious yes. The fact that Schiff won’t say it is proof that he knows, deep down, that he is shoveling horse manure at a frantic pace so he can pump up the Democrat base and entrench himself as a regular commentator on television. Trump did not and cannot have committed a crime in authorizing these payments; the very idea is ridiculous. At best, he is guilty of violating a minor campaign regulation, and the punishment should be on par with a traffic ticket.
Then again, these are the same people who were telling us last year that they were going to nail Trump to the wall for illegally conspiring with Vladimir Putin. The goalposts have shifted, but the rhetoric is as inane as it ever was.