As President Donald J. Trump joined Finland President Sauli Niinistö for a joint press conference this afternoon, he was handed a breaking news article published by The New York Times. The story is damning for House Democrats: Impeachment czar and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) knew about the “whistleblower’s” complaint against President Trump before he or she made it.
Adam Schiff's account to Congress was a total fabrication. pic.twitter.com/NPKNAOV8B1
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 2, 2019
“The federal intelligence community whistleblower law explicitly states intelligence community whistleblowers must formally go through the ICIG [Inspector General of the Intelligence Community] *before* contacting Congress,” Federalist cofounder Sean Davis writes on Twitter.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) adds that Rep. Schiff “withheld this info from the American people” and even from the House Intelligence Committee. “In light of this news, it’s hard to view impeachment as anything aside from an orchestrated farce.”
Legitimate whistleblowers do this country an important service, President Trump says. But when these laws are exploited for raw partisan politics, it makes a mockery of the entire process. The damage being done to public trust in government is enormous.
President Trump’s advice: Read the transcript!
Last week, House Democrats chose to open an impeachment inquiry into Trump before they even investigated the alleged “quid pro quo” and “cover-up” in his phone call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky. That decision will haunt Democrats for months if not years to come.
The very next day, President Trump foiled their gambit by releasing the full, unredacted transcript of his telephone conversation.
The President wants all Americans to read the transcript for themselves. Congressional Democrats do not. That alone reveals their stunning error in judgment. The far left may not care what the truth is, but most American citizens expect Congress to do its homework before trying to remove a duly elected President from office. It didn’t.
It explains why Rep. Adam Schiff read a fake, “parody” transcript of the call before the House Intelligence Committee last week. It explains why Democrats have quickly moved on to demanding other transcripts and documents, hoping to distract from the fact that the entire basis of their impeachment inquiry was proven to be false in a matter of hours.
The problem is that, once again, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has overpromised and underdelivered. Democrats do not have the votes to remove President Trump from office. Even if they did, a majority of Americans oppose impeachment. Democrat leaders know this. But since they’ve used investigations as an excuse to obstruct bipartisan legislation for nearly 3 years, they eventually had to deliver something for their far-left base.
It won’t work, but the good news is that something positive will come from the Democrats’ astonishing political incompetence. Democrats are right that Americans deserve to know the truth about corruption on the part of elected officials. With the media spotlight now on the Ukraine investigation, they’re finally going to get it.
Senate Democrats pressured Ukraine last year to cooperate on the Mueller investigation into President Trump. This year, President Trump has asked Ukraine to fully cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into the actions of former Vice President Joe Biden and his family in Ukraine.
Transparency and accountability apply to everyone. Congressional Democrats got their 2-year investigation into President Trump, which turned up nothing. Now, aided by their own impeachment stunt, Democrat leaders are coming under the same scrutiny.
That’s a good thing. After all, Speaker Pelosi put it best: If there’s nothing to hide, then they have nothing to worry about.