House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said President Donald Trump’s words and actions encourage “grave threats” to the 2020 election and democracy as a whole. Schiff, infamous for his demands to keep the Russian investigation alive, says Trump’s campaign definitely conspired with Russia to win the 2016 election even though it’s been proven to be a hoax.
Schiff still won’t give up on his rhetoric though and said his panel is exploring whether the president’s financial interests compromised his foreign policy, according to Bloomberg. Trump fired back in a tweet, typical of himself Wednesday. The president declared that Democrats who control the House are seeking a “Do Over” of the 2016 election through “rigged” hearings because they’re unhappy with Mueller’s report.
Whether you love Trump or hate him, that’s probably one of his most accurate assessments. Schiff also said that when Trump accurately describes the Russian conspiracy as a hoax, he’s harming the country. Using the term “hoax” sends a signal to President Vladimir Putin and other hostile nations that “they’re free to intervene in the next election as long as they intervene on the president’s side, and he will not have the guts to call them out on it. He may even be grateful,” said Schiff.
Schiff said he’s also determined to get a more complete picture of Trump’s efforts during the 2016 presidential campaign to pursue plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow. But he isn’t looking into Hillary Clinton’s Uranium One deal with Moscow while the sore loser was secretary of state under the Obama Administration.
Russia meddling is only offensive when Republicans almost do it, not when Democrats actually do. Schiff took to describing the Trump tower effort as part of a broader follow-up to the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference. Schiff alleges that Trump needed Russian president Vladimir Putin’s help to build his tower and “to make perhaps the most lucrative deal of his life” Schiff said in his comments at the National Press Club. “That may not be a crime,” Schiff said, but it’s “a counterintelligence problem of the first order of magnitude.”
Schiff also said Mueller has two choices: obey his commands to testify on the Russian election interference hoax, or be forced to do so. Such great choices from a guy who like democracy so much and fears words threaten it…