Donald Trump promoted a Wall Street Journal op-ed Tuesday that declared Congressman Adam Schiff knew from the get go that there was no proof the president colluded with Russia
‘Newly released documents show Schiff knew all along there was no proof of Russia-Trump collusion.’ Wall Street Journal,’ Trump tweeted with a quote from the editorial board opinion piece’s sub-headline.
The Wall Street Journal released the op-ed on Tuesday titled ‘All the Adam Schiff Transcripts,’ where the editorial board asserted ‘no one should ever believe another word’ out of Schiff’s mouth.
‘Americans expect that politicians will lie, but sometimes the examples are so brazen that they deserve special notice,’ the op-ed charged. ‘Newly released Congressional testimony shows that Adam Schiff spread falsehoods shamelessly about Russia and Donald Trump for three years even as his own committee gathered contrary evidence.’
Schiff is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which investigated potential collusion between Trump and Russia in the 2016 election.
The committee investigation, which started in January 2017 under then-Chairman Devin Nunes, concluded in March 2018 that Trump did not coordinate with Russia to best Hillary Clinton in his bid for president.
The op-ed claiming that Schiff actually knew there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the president emerged last week when the Intelligence Committee published 57,600 pages of 57 different interviews with witnesses in the Russia probe.
Transcripts of the interview were ready for release a while ago after the Intelligence Committee voted in September 2018 to make them public, but it was delayed by Schiff.
This week, acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell told the Intelligence Committee the documents were ready for release following a lengthy interagency classification review.
Between the time the House voted to declassify and release the documents, Special Counsel Robert Mueller released the Russia report and Trump has gone through an impeachment – also led by Schiff.
The California Democrat has asserted since launching his investigation that there was behind-the-scenes evidence proving there was collusion and would tease the he could not ‘go into particulars.’
‘The Russians offered help, the campaign accepted help,’ Schiff told CNN in December 2017. ‘The Russians gave help and the President made full use of that help.’
But the Journal asserts: ‘None of this was true, and Mr. Schiff knew it.’
In one instance of contradictory testimony, Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Schiff and the panel of lawmakers in December 2017 that he ‘never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.’
Barack Obama’s former Attorney General Loretta Lynch agreed in her testimony about three months later.
‘I don’t recall anything being briefed up to me.’ Former Deputy AG Sally Yates confirmed.
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Source: Daily Mail