Adam Schiff finally got what he wanted. House Democrats finally impeached President Trump. The fact that President Trump is the first president impeached without committing a crime isn’t important to Schiff. The fact that he was impeached with just hearsay testimony and a purely partisan vote is immaterial to Schiff, too.

What Schiff wanted was President Trump impeached. If Chuck Todd had told him that the only way to impeach President Trump was for Schiff to admit that he’d met space aliens, Schiff would’ve done that without hesitating. This award isn’t an honor in the traditional sense. It’s simply admitting that Adam Schiff figured into many of 2019’s biggest stories.

The bad news for Chairman Schiff is that his ‘contributions’ to this year’s biggest stories weren’t positive contributions. Chairman Schiff’s contribution to President Trump’s impeachment was historic but it wasn’t positive. Making up the things that Chairman Schiff accused President Trump of saying to President Zelenskiy is, in my opinion, the lowest moment in the history of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, aka HPSCI, chairmen. That ‘honor’ comes with an asterisk in that it’s the worst thing that’s happened during a hearing.

Another ‘contribution’ that Chairman Schiff made was in the Horowitz Report. Specifically, the darkest contribution by the HPSCI chairman has made is what’s said by Rep. Devin Nunes:

“After publishing false conclusions of such enormity on a topic directly within this committee’s oversight responsibilities, it is clear you are in need of rehabilitation, and I hope this letter will serve as the first step in that vital process,” Nunes wrote to Schiff on Sunday.

“As part of your rehabilitation,” Nunes added, “it’s crucial that you admit you have a problem – you are hijacking the Intelligence Committee for political purposes while excusing and covering up intelligence agency abuses.”

Schiff is the first chairman of the HPSCI to be recommended to seek “rehabilitation” and to admit he’s got a problem. This happened after the Horowitz Report said that the Nunes Memo got pretty much everything right about the FISA warrant application to surveil Carter Page. The Schiff Memo, meanwhile, contradicted pretty much everything in the Nunes Memo. Here’s the claims made in the Schiff Memo:

  1. FBI and Justice Department officials did not omit material information from the FISA warrant.
  2. The Justice Department ‘made only narrow use of information’ from former British spy Christopher Steele’s discredited anti-Trump dossier to obtain the warrant on Mr. Page.
  3. In subsequent FISA renewals of the wiretap warrant, DOJ provided additional information that corroborated Mr. Steele’s reporting.
  4. The Page FISA warrant allowed the FBI to collect ‘valuable intelligence.’
  5. ‘Far from ‘omitting’ material facts about Steele, as the [the GOP-Majority] claims, DOJ repeatedly informed the Court about Steele’s background, credibility, and potential bias.’
  6. The FBI conducted a ‘rigorous process’ to vet Steele’s allegations and the FISA application to wiretap Mr. Page explained the FBI’s reasonable basis for finding Steele credible.
  7. Steele’s prior reporting was used in criminal proceedings.

It isn’t just anybody who can get excoriated in an official government investigation. What’s more is the fact that this same politician got excoriated for needing to seek rehabilitation to fix his frequent prevarications:

For his lack on honesty, Adam Schiff is this year’s Man of the Year.

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