Congressman Schiff fires back at Trump – You just can’t make this stuff up!

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Schiff fires back at Trump as House allows release of Dem countermemo

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[ Editor’s Note:  As expected, the House Intelligence Committee Democrats pushed for a vote to release their own response to the Nunes memo. The big surprise of the day though was that it passed unanimously. Imagine that.

Trump gets the standup comic award for the day, trashing Congressman Shiff for “illegally leaking confidential information”, when Trump was fine with the Republicans doing it. This will go down as a classic Trumpism on is flexible attitude toward rules 🙂

But the drama is not over. The ball is in Trump’s court now as he gets to rule on releasing the Democrat report, or not. The unanimous vote was sending him a message that it might be a good idea do so or a full House vote (closed door) would have a chance to reverse him, and House Republicans have already stated that they would do so.

Americans will want to hear from both sides after Nunes released the Republican report. Will Trump lose more supporters on this issue, which his low poll standings indicate? We will have to wait and see.

Trump might drag it out, or rule quickly and get it over with. Might he launch an attack on Syria to steer press and public attention away?

He has already said the Nunes’ Republican report vindicated him, which it did not. It was just one step in the process, the public relations war going on which has nothing to do with the real investigation.

If Trump votes no on releasing the Democrat report he will look like it is afraid of it, a lose-lose situation for him politically. None of this affects the ongoing investigations. This is Reality TV at its best folks, something Trump is good at. I will give him that Jim W. Dean ]

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Will Trump vote no on the Democratic report, moving it to a full House closed door vote?

– First published … February 05, 2018

Congressman Adam Schiff has fired back at US President Donald Trump after the president called him “one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington,” claiming the congressman is illegally leaking confidential information from the House Intelligence Committee.

Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!

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Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of “Executive Time.” Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or…really anything else. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/960492998734868480 

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Trump’s insulting tweet comes for the reason that Schiff called for a successful vote so the Intelligence Committee could release a Democratic rebuttal to a classified memo that the Committee’s Republican members released on Friday which accused federal law enforcement officials of abusing their powers to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The release of the four-page document prompted senior Democrats to denounce the controversial memo as an inaccurate and misleading portrait misrepresenting sensitive government information through omissions and inaccuracies intended to undermine the ongoing Russia probe against Trump.

They warned Trump, in a written statement, not to use it as a “pretext” to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

President Trump declassified the document over the objections of the FBI, which had expressed “grave concerns” over its accuracy in a rare public break from the White House.

Over the weekend, Trump said that the classified GOP memo “totally vindicates” him in the ongoing Russia probe. Schiff said this past weekend that the memo does “quite the opposite,” and multiple Republicans said Sunday that the memo does not vindicate Trump.

Schiff also warned Sunday that Trump is trying to turn the Department of Justice into a “personal political tool.”

House Committee votes to release Democratic countermemo

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday evening to make public the Democratic memo rebutting GOP allegations that the FBI abused surveillance laws.

The 10-page classified document now goes to President Trump who has five days to block or approve its release. A decision to stop it could lead to a fierce standoff between the president, his top law enforcement and intelligence advisers, and Democrats on Capitol Hill.

If Trump attempts to block the Democratic memo’s release, House rules allow Democrats to seek a closed-door vote of the full House of Representatives to override the president. With some Republicans now arguing for its release, the House could override the president’s decision in a rare rebuke to his authority.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. JohnZ: I’m gutted you overlooked, forgot, or let her slip the Californian of all Colliflower’nians- the dingbat herself, wombat, totally upside-down bat crazy Maxine.

  2. We have evidenced nothing of the sort. You can never go back. Going forward is hard enough. We have been surprised how despite Trump having been teamed up with the mob in New York his entire real estate career, with Roy Cohn, the fixer, as his attorney, who gamed the system with all of the corruption tools available, Trump supporters ignore all this as if none of it matters. Virtually all of Trump’s big civil cases that were settled were also criminal conspiracy cases, where he was never prosecuted on a one of them, when prosecutors usually go for that first as it is the easiest to do. Our concern here is that what he was able to do in New York City, he will try to do on a national scale for himself and his friends, be immune from virtually anything they want to do. He thinks that is a perk of the job.

  3. Whatever plan and whichever master Trump is beholden to he doesn’t strike me as actually being stupid. Many other adjectives to describe him but, whether we like what he does or not, I don’t think stupid is one of them.

    IMHO he will go through an identical process as the first memo including its release. He has to for appearance sake. There is really no downside for him, his supporters will laugh at it and the other side will cheer it on. The US has grown to be very partisan. I suspect that what we are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg of activity, goodness knows what is going on under the waterline and by who. This is either a big nothing or we are heading for a new ‘Watergate’ and Church Report. Time will tell.

    • Stupid is as stupid does. When a person is given power, that is when we see if they are stupid. Someone considered extremely smart by corporate educational standards, does not always prove their smartness by their actions. When someone who has been given much, wastes it, that is not smart.
      Likewise, those who have been given little, do big things, that is genius, … In this measure, Trump is a mental child. His field of vision is limited to a 12 foot perimeter and he is easily influenced by ego strokers and other buffoons. Were he to be unrestricted, he would have conquered Britain by now and proclaimed himself King.

  4. The military would be wise to be careful what orders they follow. I think we are done with aggression for the purpose of distraction. Timing is everything, even evidence.

  5. It is totally reasonable and fair that the Democrats have their memo released. If arrogant Trump is stupid enough to fight this, the full House must vote to override him and teach this egotistical arrogant insolent spoiled brat who is boss. When is the dirt on him going to come out? We are all waiting for the good stuff and observe how this child in adult clothes reacts to the sordid truth he has withheld from the public for so long.

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