Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, intentionally distorted the contents of a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskiy in an attempt to make it look “like a classic organized crime shakedown” perpetrated by Donald Trump.
After being called on it he explained, that his version of the transcript — which he read to Congress and millions of TV viewers watching — was a parody, and then later he proceeded to blame his critics, for not being sophisticated enough to realize that it was just his innocent attempt at being funny…
Well, I think that Adam Schiff will be better off, leaving the serious stuff, like comedy, to professionals.
Adam in Wonderland?
Because the release of a full, unredacted transcript of the conversation between Presidents Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskiy have not delivered expected dirt on Donald Trump, Chairman Schiff decided to came up with his own, slightly modified, version of the dialogue between two leaders.
Rep. Schift’s summary:
We’ve been very good to your country. Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what, I don’t see much reciprocity here. You know what I mean? I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you though. And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of dirt, on this and on that. I’m going to put you in touch with people, and not just any people. I’m going to put you in touch with the Attorney General of the United States — my Attorney General, Bill Barr — he’s got the whole weight of American law enforcement behind him. And I’m going to put you in touch with Rudy, you’re going to love him. Trust me. You know what I’m asking, so I’m only going to say this a few more times, in a few more ways. And don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked.
When later in the hearing, Rep. Mike Turner criticized Schiff for a grossly inaccurate portrayal of President Trump conversation with Ukrainian Pres. Zelenskiy, Schiff stated that his
Summary of the president’s call was meant to be at least part in parody.
Is there a jester in the house (of representatives)?
Parody? What parody?
So we should believe that Adam Shift wanted to ease the tension in the room and thought that opening Congressional Hearing with a reading of a summary of something he has dreamed-out the night before instead of the official transcript, was a perfect way to put a smile on everyone’s faces. But…
…his masterful use of satire was misread by humorless members of U.S. Congress who somehow took his presentation seriously and destroyed any chance of him ever landing a gig on the stand-up comedy circuit. It’s not his fault. He did his best to be funny.
It’s hard to get rid of the impression that the way Rep. Schiff read his “parody,” was meant to create the appearance of seriousness. (I’ve seen people saying eulogies at a funeral in a more joyful way then Schiff delivered his opening statement.) It seemed that he wanted to guarantee that people would take it seriously.
Read the official transcript of Pres. Donald Trump and Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskiy phone call conversation.
It’s not a surprise that republican members of Congress and
Trump refused to accept Schiff’s explanation.
The President called on Schiff to ‘immediately resign’ over his portrayal of the President conversation with Zelenskiy.
Biggs wants to censure Schiff.
The incoming House Freedom Caucus chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) introduced a measure to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
Rep Biggs’s described Schiff’s comments as
Egregiously false and fabricated retelling.
And then he added that,
Actions of Chairman Schiff misled the American people, bring disrepute upon the House of Representatives, and make a mockery of the impeachment process, one of this chamber’s most solemn constitutional duties.
Of Course, Adam Schiff is not going to resign, and Biggs’ resolution is unlikely to go anywhere in the Democratic-controlled House, but call to action is a good start.
The last thought.
As great Bob Grant used to say: It’s sick out there and getting sicker!
Let’s summarize the chain of events.
Member of U.S. Congress, House Intelligence Committee Chairman, during the congressional hearing of acting Department of National Intelligence Director, decides to deliver an utterly made-up account of U.S. President’s conversation with the foreign leader. Instead of reading the transcript of the conversation, the chairman chose to present his interpretation of it. He gave us what in his opinion, was
In sum and character, what the President was trying to communicate.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Mr. chairman just wanted to help. He served to us already digested (by him) intellectual steak, shielding that way our worn-out brains from the risk of overloading, which could lead to catastrophic failure causing irreparable damage and in effect death. Thank you, Mr. chairman!
I’m not sure what is worse.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman thinking that it is perfectly acceptable to severely misrepresent facts, as long as doing so promotes his and his party’s point of view.
Him thinking that we, the people, are too dumb to read and understand a transcript of a simple conversation, and will blindly accept someone else’s interpretation of it.
The (another) last thought.
Speaking of interpretations:
Why is it, that conservatives use facts to support their views, but liberals use their interpretation of facts to support theirs?
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