Mild-Mannered Congressman Adam Schiff Has Become the Right’s Favorite Target

Burbank’s man on the Hill was blindsided by his Republican colleagues this morning

Ever since special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General Bill Barr, and since Barr whipped up his tidy little summary that cleared Donald Trump of colluding with Russia and obstructing justice, the right hasn’t been able to contain its glee, disguised as indignation. And everyone from Fox News talking heads to Trump himself has come out swinging against L.A. congressman Adam Schiff, the pragmatic, mild-mannered Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee.

This morning, Trump tweeted that Schiff should “be forced to resign from Congress” for “knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking.”

Schiff’s Republican colleague’s on the Intelligence Committee also took aim (although they shot a little lower), urging him to resign his post as chairman. Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas accused Schiff of abusing his position to knowingly promote false information, adding “We have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your constitutional responsibility.”

The former prosecutor responded to his colleagues by passionately chronicling the improprieties that led to the Russia probe. “As you’ve chosen instead of addressing the hearing to attack me consistent with the president’s attacks, I do want to respond,” Schiff said. “My colleagues may think it’s OK that the Russians offered dirt [on Hillary Clinton]…my colleagues might think it’s OK that when the son of the president, who played a pivotal role in the campaign, that the president’s son did not call the FBI, he did not refuse the help, instead that son said he’d love the help of the Russians. You might think it’s OK he took that meeting…that Paul Manafort, campaign chair, also took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that the president’s son-in-law, also took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that they concealed it from the public. You might think it’s OK that their only disappointment after they took that meeting is that the dirt they got on Hillary Clinton wasn’t better…I don’t.”

He added, “You might say that’s just what you need to do to win. I don’t think it’s OK. I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. And yes, I think it’s corrupt.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was asked by minority leader Kevin McCarthy to remove Schiff from his post, spoke in Schiff’s defense in a press conference this morning, saying she’s “proud” of him and calling the president and his cohorts “scaredy cats.”

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