Adam Schiff (D-CA-26th), who is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has refuted the recent claims by President Donald Trump that an FBI informant was was embedded to undermine his presidential campaign.
Trump has recently tried to make “Spygate” a thing, following revelations that an FBI informant made contact with his 2016 presidential campaign as part of a probe into potential Russian influence in the election. The president has accused Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller of trying undermine the validity of his election, and he’s also said that the ongoing Trump-Russia special counsel investigation continues to do so.
On ABC’s This Week, Schiff said, “There is no evidence to support that spy theory. This is just… a piece of propaganda the president wants to put out and repeat. And certainly we’ve seen this pattern before.”
Martha Raddatz reminded Schiff that Rudy Giuliani said that “all of this” is like Watergate. Schiff concurred, but probably not in a way that either Trump or Giuliani liked. Schiff said, “Yes. It is like Watergate in the sense that you had a break in at the Democratic headquarters. In this case, a virtual one, not a physical one. And you have a president… as part of a cover-up.”
Schiff also said:
“They came at the beginning, I think, to send a message from the president that the president expected the Justice Department, essentially, to give these allies of the president’s, these aider and abettors of the president … what they wanted. Now, the only thing that makes this possible is a Congress that is complicit, is members of Congress … and a weak speaker that will not stand up for the independence of the Justice Department. And that means that the rule of law is now on shaky ground.”
So Schiff has effectively called out Paul Ryan and company for their weakness in not coming forward to stand up for the Justice Department. He suggested that justice will not flourish with a Congressional majority that is willing to Trump’s bidding. Adam Schiff said there’s only one remedy: to change the Congress and to let the investigation go on.”