Adam Schiff has been in trouble recently, but even his worst enemies never dreamed that he’d suffer a devastating blow like the one he just experienced. From media darling to discredited pariah – it’s been a steep and sudden decline for the one-time high-flyer.
The blow was administered by a major legacy newspaper, the Wall Street Journal. The venerable Journal went out of their way to write an editorial that pronounces: “As for Mr. Schiff, no one should ever believe another word he says.”
Benjamin Franklin famously said, “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”
In Schiff’s case, there has been more than one bad deed. His entire rise to prominence in Congress was built on a lie – not an obfuscation, exaggeration, or slip of the tongue, but a devastatingly ugly, intentional, unforgivable lie.
Schiff repeatedly insisted that his position as head of the House Intelligence Committee gave him access to special knowledge that proved that President Trump had colluded with Russia. When Republicans on the Committee, such as Devin Nunes, said he was lying, he managed with the help of the media to cover his tracks.
But House Intelligence Committee recently released dozens of witness interview transcripts and related material regarding its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And the transcripts made it clear that Schiff had been lying all along.
The Journal’s editorial sent shockwaves through the media – the Washington Examiner, among others, covered the piece:
The piece included direct quotes from Schiff’s television appearances in which he touted his committee’s findings of “more than circumstantial evidence” regarding the Trump campaign’s alleged partnership with Russia, which he said on MSNBC in March 2017.
“The Russians offered help. The campaign accepted help. The Russians gave help, and the president made full use of that help,” the Intel chairman said on CNN later that year.
The editorial board noted that the transcripts showed that several top intelligence, law enforcement, and national security officials from the Obama administration all denied seeing evidence of collusion even as Schiff said such evidence did exist.
Adam Schiff lied to the American people for years, and seemed to get away with it.
But the truth will always out. For Adam Schiff, that’s a bitter pill to swallow, but he’ll have a long career of discredited irrelevance to mull it over in.