Monday, May 18, 2020
WSJ Editorial Board: Americans expect that politicians will lie, but sometimes the examples are so brazen that they deserve special notice.
Newly released Congressional testimony shows that Adam Schiff spread falsehoods shamelessly about Russia and Donald Trump for three years even as his own committee gathered reams of contrary evidence. The House last week released 57 transcripts of interviews from its investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
Most of the transcripts were ready for release long ago, but Mr. Schiff oddly refused to release them after he became chairman in 2019 and only released them last week when the WH threatened to do it first. Now we know why. From the earliest days of the collusion narrative, Mr. Schiff insisted that he had evidence proving the plot, teasing that he couldn't "go into particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now."
None of this was true, and Mr. Schiff knew it yet continued to lie about it.
He's still making it up. Last week he said the transcripts contain "evidence of the Trump campaign's efforts to invite, make use of, and cover up Russia's help in the 2016 presidential election."
The question we'd ask our friends in the media is when are they going to stop playing the fool by putting him on the air? Mr. Schiff is a powerful figure with access to secrets that the rest of us don't have and can't check. He misled the country repeatedly on an issue that consumed American politics.
President Trump often spreads falsehoods and invents facts, but at least he's paid a price for it in media criticism and public mistrust. An industry of media fact checkers is dedicated to parsing his every word. As for Mr. Schiff, no one should ever believe another word he says.
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