Congress’s very own Boy Who Cried Wolf is crying again. Everyone sit up and pay attention, because Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is calling for an investigation. We’re sure that there’s really something bad going on this time. How many times, after all, can one man be wrong?
“Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, used a New York Times article from late August to draft a six-page letter demanding inspectors general at the Justice Department and in the intelligence committee investigate allegations that former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hampered the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign,” reports The Daily Wire.
The only problem? Schiff’s letter leans heavily on information from New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt. Schmidt was successful in turning his reporting on the Mueller inquiry and the preceding investigation into a bestselling book, but he wasn’t so successful in nailing down the facts. Indeed, his central claim – that Rosenstein and the Justice Department prevented “investigators from completing an examination of President Trump’s decades-long personal and business ties to Russia” – has been all but totally debunked.
We’re not saying it’s been “debunked” by President Trump and his close allies, mind you. We’re not even relying on William Barr. We’re talking about committed, anti-Trump officials from inside the Justice Department – none of whom would have any reason to reject Schmidt’s theory if it had even a shred of truth. These people have everything to gain from a narrative that says, Oh, we would have nailed that guy if we had been able to get out of these handcuffs. And yet, they say that Schmidt’s reporting has no validity.
“During the time I worked at the Special Counsel’s Office, I didn’t feel such a limitation,” former FBI special agent Peter Strzok told The Atlantic. “When I discussed this with Mueller and others, it was agreed that FBI personnel attached to the Special Counsel’s Office would do the counterintelligence work, which necessarily included the president. But that’s an extraordinarily complex task, one of the most difficult counterintelligence investigations in the FBI’s history.”
How about Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissman?
“NYT story today is wrong re: alleged secret DOJ order prohibiting a counterintelligence investigation by Mueller, ‘without telling the bureau.’ Dozens of FBI agents/analysts were embedded in Special Counsel’s Office and we were never told to keep anything from them,” Weissmann said.
But frankly, the biggest rejection of Schmidt’s reporting is the Times’ own financial investigations into Trump, none of which have turned up the slightest evidence – the SLIGHTEST evidence – that Trump is in hock to Moscow.
Schiff is once again out in his own private sailboat, staring directly into the sun, yelling about things that have no basis in fact.
Pity this man. He is pathetic.