Adam Schiff, White House, Republican Party, Trump İmpeachment

Adam Schiff, White House

Trump's not going away — and neither is investigator Schiff

“I’m trying to convey the fragility of our democracy -- something that we always took for granted -- but something that in the last four years has been dismantled piece by piece by piece.”

10/16/2021 7:32:00 PM

“I’m trying to convey the fragility of our democracy -- something that we always took for granted -- but something that in the last four years has been dismantled piece by piece by piece.”

Nearly a year out of the White House , Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party , commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency. Schiff, the Intelligence Committee chairman who rose to national prominence probing Russian election interference and leading the first Trump impeachment, says there's nothing less than democracy at stake with the former president's continued presence on the national political stage. As a key member of the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Insurrection at the Capitol, the congressman whom Trump mercilessly mocks with derisive nicknames is turning his attention to Trump's role in that deadly riot.

.“We want to show the country just how Jan. 6 came about -- and not just the mechanics of that day, in terms of the participation of the white nationalist groups ... but rather how this big falsehood about our elections propelled thousands of people to attack their own government,” Schiff says in an interview on C-SPAN's Book TV, airing a week from Sunday.

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“What did the president know about who was coming to this rally and what did he do when he found out?" Schiff asks. "Why did it go on so long? And so there are a lot of important unanswered questions.”As the committee ramps up its inquiry, it's a familiar role but also a new chapter for Schiff, the federal prosecutor turned congressman whose life's work is now defined in large part by the man he calls a “clear and present danger” to U.S. democracy.

Last winter, Trump was impeached a second time, accused of inciting the riot. But the House prosecutors, much like Schiff in the first trial that was focused on election interference involving the Trump campaign and Ukraine, failed to win conviction in the Senate.

This time, the California Democrat says the select committee expects to uncover fresh information about Trump’s involvement that January day, as he encouraged the mob of hissupporters to head to the Capitol and “fight like hell”to reverse his electoral defeat to Joe Biden. Deaths in the riot and its aftermath included Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by police, and several officers who later took their own lives after the most serious attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812.

Story continuesIn a new book with a weighty title, "Midnight in Washington, How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could,” Schiff writes his personal, gripping account of that day: Preparing to don a gas mask in the House chamber, being forced to flee as the mob approached.

Republican colleagues warned him he needed to stay out of sight because of his recognizable role as a Trump critic. But during the hours that followed, as the House returned to tally Electoral College votes for Biden, Schiff came to see Republican lawmakers, in “suits and ties,” as an institutional threat as serious as the rioters who bludgeoned their way into the building in an effort to overturn the election.

The special committee is drilling down not just on Trump, but also potentially Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California and the president’s other allies in Congress who perpetuate the claim that the election was somehow rigged or illegitimate — though every state has certified its results as accurate, and dozens of court challenges have gone nowhere.

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“I’m trying to convey the fragility of our democracy -- something that we always took for granted -- but something that in the last four years has been dismantled piece by piece by piece,” Schiff said about his book.He expects the committee to deliver “the definitive report,” much as the 9/11 commission produced a comprehensive examination of the 2001 terror attack on the U.S.

Trump scoffs at the committee, refusing to participate. Two prominent GOP lawmakers, Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois have essentially been disowned by their party for joining the panel and its probe.Trump says the Democrats are “drunk on power,” and he is urging some of his former staff and administration officials not to comply with subpoenas or other requests for testimony. He's basing that stance on claims of executive privilege even though he no longer holds office. This week, the panel announced it would vote to hold former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt for defying a subpoena.

“The Radical Left Democrats tried the RUSSIA Witch Hunt, they tried the fake impeachments, and now they are trying once again to use Congress to persecute their political opponents,” Trump said in a recent statement.Schiff tweeted this week the panel is "not messing around’ and expects Biden's Department of Justice to prosecute the criminal contempt cases to force compliance.

The goal, Schiff says, is for the committee's end product to be a “historic record as a way of exposing to the American people what went into that tragedy, but also as a way of forming recommendations about how do we move forward as a country, how do we protect our democracy.”

With Trump ensconced at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, weighing another White House run and visiting the early voting states to rally big crowds, Washington is waiting and wondering about his next move.Schiff acknowledges that he and other Democrats were ill prepared for Trump's popularity, and still five years on struggle to mount a compelling counter-argument to woo back voters who left the party for Trump.

More immediately, Democrats face the prospect of a House Republican takeover in next fall’s midterm elections, elevating McCarthy to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi.“If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker,” Schiff warns.

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He and Democratic colleagues have assembled a package of post-Watergate style legislation aimed at shoring up the nation’s civic infrastructure and tightening ethics rules for the post-Trump era. But faced with Republican opposition, it is unlikely to pass the Senate.

Schiff positions America's experience alongside a broader "global struggle going on right now between autocracy and democracy. People around the world used to look to us as a beacon. Now they see people climbing on the outside of our Capitol, beating police officers,” he said.

“So many of the things that we thought could never happen in this country have already happened.”Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting

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We need you Adam Schiff. Stay with it..... True and correct positions, but where were you on Trump before 2016 when I was yelling to the rooftops? No Democrat would listen. Bill Clinton saw the problem,but kept quiet. Now Schiff has book and can now speak. Why didn’t you write the friggin book in 2015?

When you have a former president who has been out of office for over nine months now drawing this level of ire or vitriol - You know he poses a real threat to their Marxist plans. Trump 2024! This guy is like gum on your shoe, hard to get rid of America should vote out of office the big 3 Rep Omar, Talaib, and Ocasio- Diaz because all they do is divide us and nothing gets accomplished in Congress for the benefit of America's citizens

We need leaders like Pres Reagan, Kennedy, Speaker O Neil, not people like Biden or Schiff, Pelosi, Biden is a poor example of a leader as President in his term he will be remembered as the leader who chickened out and spread the news on worldwide TV that were pulling out of Afghanistan that cost the lives of 13 US soldiers

But we the people of this great nation should put an American in office that knows how to handle the pressures of being the President of this great nation Adam Schiff should not be re-elected if he comes up for re-election all this man does is divide our people I don't like Trump and the way he handled his Administration and the Pandemic

ChristineVSmith Correcting Schiff, the problem is much older and has its roots in the advancement of authoritarian cultures and institutions which I've been publishing about all along. Obviously recent events have been destabilizing; This has to do with over-reactions to progress and bad tactics Rubbish🙄🤡🤣

Adam Schiff says Kevin McCarthy becoming House Speaker is essentially giving Trump the jobThe California congressman has called the former president a 'clear and present danger' to democracy. McCarthy blew is credibility and chance for speaker when he supported and aided Trump,in Trumps miserably planned and failed coup and lies!The FBI,the Justice Dept and the J6 investigation committee is investigating McCarthy.He tried to stop investigations,claiming money waste! Thanks so much i received my profit i really appreciate may God bless you and your family for the good you have done for me in this covid 19 now i have enough money to do what i want thank you so much Evelynclark777

Jan. 6 committee to recommend criminal contempt citation for Trump adviser Steve BannonJUST IN: House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will vote next week to hold Trump political adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after he did not comply with a subpoena. MeetThePress Anything you say can be held against you. Always ask for a lawyer. Oh, and they would be this conciliatory to us ordinary folk? Send in the US Marshals... NEXT WEEK!!! DO IT NOW FFS!!!

January 6 committee seeks to hold Steve Bannon in contempt as ex-Trump aide refuses subpoenaThe House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots will begin criminal contempt proceedings against former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon. Lock him up! My understanding is its an illegal subpoena, there is no basis in law to force compliance. Shouldn't need bar of soap through jail commissary...doesn't use it anyway 😳😟

Lawyer who aided Trump subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committeeA congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has set a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House aide Steve Bannon after he defied the panel's subpoena. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said that the panel will vote next Tuesday to recommend the charges. If the House votes to recommend the contempt charges against Bannon, the Justice Department will ultimately decide whether to prosecute.

Donald Trump not 'off limits' for a January 6 subpoena, committee chair says'Nobody is off limits to a subpoena from this committee,' House 1/6 Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said. I’m actually disappointed, as I’d heard TGF will go to the opening of an envelope these days. So you'll attempt to bring in Donald, he'll make a big show of resisting, then he'll plead the Fifth. Has anyone ever been more tired of reading and listening to politicians talk about what they're going to do and how? The entire GOP should be subpoenaed by now, including Trump and everyone in his cabinet. Shut up and do it.

Schiff: If Bannon feels he's above the law, he's about to find out otherwise“He will be prosecuted, that’s our expectation,” says Rep. Adam Schiff on the Jan. 6 committee moving to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for defying the subpoena. 'He apparently feels he’s above the law. But he’s about to find out otherwise.” NWMT They’ll make him shower in jail Can we make that a PPV event? I've got 5 on it.