‘Trump has given him an enormous push in many ways…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has raised more money than any other Democratic member of Congress by attacking President Donald Trump and promoting the Russia collusion hoax.
Schiff reportedly raised $1,874,781 in the first three months of 2019 for next year’s congressional campaign, according to a Federal Election Commission report reviewed by the Los Angeles Daily News.
This number places Schiff slightly ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who is usually the party’s best fundraiser.
Schiff has tapped into a Democratic base that wants to see Trump gone. As the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, he led the charge in the now-debunked collusion theory, claiming Trump committed criminal, treasonous acts with the Russian government.
“I think it’s immoral, I think it’s unethical, I think it’s unpatriotic, and, yes, I think it’s corrupt. I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK,” Schiff said of the allegations against Trump in a meeting with Republican lawmakers last month.
“And the day we do think that’s OK is the day we will look back and say, ‘That is the day America lost its way,’” he added.
Even though special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is over, and with it any hope of impeaching Trump, Schiff has claimed there is more to investigate, starting with Mueller’s report itself.
On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr presented Congress with a redacted review of the report and said he planned to allow some members of Congress to see the complete, unredacted version.
But Republican members of Schiff’s committee unanimously called for his removal from the top Intelligence spote, saying his past track record of lying and leaking information meant he could not be trusted as one of the “gang of eight” Congressional Judiciary and Intelligence leaders who typically receives special access.
In the lead-up to Thursday’s release, Schiff has continued to claim, without providing any substantiation, that the full version must have some sort of proof of Trump’s wrongdoing.
There is a “large body of evidence of illicit contact or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as the president’s efforts to obstruct the investigation,” Schiff wrote in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Daily News last week.
Schiff’s GOP colleagues last week filed the Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses Act—the PENCIL Act, for short—in a long-shot bid to force his removal.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., made reference in its name to Trump’s having referred to Schiff as a “little pencil neck” during a March rally.
The president has also mocked and criticized Schiff on Twitter several times.
So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018
But Jaime Regalado, a professor of political science at Cal State Los Angeles, said the president’s attacks on Schiff—even the nicknames—have only elevated his national status on the Left.
“Trump has given him an enormous push in many ways,” Regalado told the Daily News. “Now almost everybody knows who he is.”