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Adam Schiff worried he sabotaged one of Trump's cabinet picks by praising him to the former president: book
"Oh my Godhave I just killed his nomination?" Schiff says he wondered after telling Trump he admired then-Defense Secretary nominee Mark Esper.The Democratic congressman from California recently announced a new memoir "Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could," a copy of which was obtained and reported on by CNN ahead of its October 12 publication date.
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
And still circling Trump is Rep. Adam Schiff.
Kevin McCarthy is an "insurrectionist in a suit and tie," Adam Schiff says
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff on Tuesday referred to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as an "insurrectionist in a suit and tie," as he slammed the House Republican leader for having "absolutely no reverence for the truth."Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff on Tuesday referred to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as an "insurrectionist in a suit and tie," as he slammed the House Republican leader for having "absolutely no reverence for the truth.
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 theat the Capitol, the congressman whom Trump mercilessly mocks with derisive nicknames is turning his attention to Trump's role in that .
“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.
Schiff 'can't answer' whether cognitive decline disqualified Mueller from leading Russia investigation
Should Robert Mueller have been in charge of the Russia investigation if he was experiencing cognitive decline? Rep. Adam Schiff, a vocal promoter of Russia collusion claims, refuses to say. © Provided by Washington Examiner In his new book and interviews this week, Schiff opened up about how surprised he was with Mueller's shaky testimony before Congress in the spring of 2019 regarding his special counsel report. The California Democrat says Mueller, a former FBI director who is now 77, was "not the same man I knew.
“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 histo 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.
Schiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is warning that if Republicans win the lower chamber in next year's midterms, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will "do whatever Donald Trump tells him.""I worry for the country's future if someone as unethical as Kevin McCarthy were ever to hold the reins of power, because at the end of the day if someone that unscrupulous is running the GOP and the House of Representatives, he will do whatever Donald Trump tells him," Schiff says during an interview with Showtime's "The Circus," provided in advance exclusively to The Hill.
In 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.
Trump's not going away — and neither is investigator Schiff
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. And still circling Trump is Rep. Adam Schiff. 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.
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.
“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.
Rep. Adam Schiff says Jan. 6 committee plans to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for not complying with subpoena
"We're not messing around here," Schiff said on Sunday, adding that the committee will "go after anyone" who doesn't comply with subpoenas.Bannon served as former President Donald Trump's White House chief strategist in 2017.
“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.
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.”
'The stakes are enormous:' Bannon case tests Congress' power .
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House is expected to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. It's up to the Justice Department, and the courts, to determine what happens next. As lawmakers ready a Thursday vote to send a contempt referral to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, there’s considerable uncertainty about whether the Justice Department will prosecute Bannon for refusing to cooperate with the investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection, despite Democratic demands for action.