The new House Intelligence Committee chairman, Adam Schiff, has been caught lying before. But now, images show him meeting and shooting the breeze with none other than Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS who was responsible for developing the salacious and unproven dossier against President Trump.
At a prestigious Aspen security conference last July, Schiff is seen conversing with Simpson, but both men insisted that is was merely a coincidence that they met and spoke at a conference with thousands of people.
Americans are supposed to believe that with so many people at the meeting, Schiff just happened to meet with Simpson? Come on.
“At the time of the encounter, Simpson was an important witness in the House Intelligence Committee probe who had given sworn testimony about alleged, but still unproven, collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.”
And this brings up another point. Why hasn’t Schiff recused himself from the proceedings?
“By the time of the meeting, the House Intelligence Committee had already received evidence from a senior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr that called into question Simpson’s testimony to lawmakers.
“Specifically, Simpson claimed he had not begun meeting with Ohr until after Thanksgiving 2016, well after the FBI had begun investigating Trump-Russia collusion and after the presidential election in which Simpson’s client, Clinton, lost to Trump.
“But Ohr provided compelling evidence, including calendar notations, testimony and handwritten notes, showing that Simpson met with him in August 2016, well before the election and during a time when Steele was helping the FBI start an investigation into Trump.”
When confronted with the images, both Simpson and Schiff downplayed the event and claimed they never talked about Russian collusion.
“In the summer of 2018, Mr. Simpson attended a media-sponsored social event where he exchanged small talk with Rep. Schiff and many other people who were in attendance,” Fusion GPS said in a statement to John Solomon.
“The conversation between the two was brief and did not cover anything substantive. There has been no subsequent contact between Mr. Simpson and Rep. Schiff.”
The congressman’s response was even more vague, “The chairman did not have any pre-planned meeting with Glenn Simpson, and any conversation with him at the Aspen conference would have been brief and social in nature,” Schiff spokesman Patrick Boland said.
However, two years ago Schiff demanded that his Republican counterpart on the committee, then-Chairman Devin Nunes, be investigated for having meetings with national security council officials at the Trump White House without telling the committee.
Schiff’s vocal and persistent attack, in which he accused Nunes of not having an impartial view and that the committee wasn’t informed, resulted in Nunes recusing himself.
“I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president’s campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman,” Schiff said at the time.
But now, we know that Schiff has been guilty of the same thing. He never told the committee about his clandestine meeting with the man who was responsible for creating lies about President Trump, possibly orchestrating the Trump Tower meeting at the request of Hillary Clinton, and instigating the entire Russian collusion investigation.
If it weren’t for double standards, democrats wouldn’t have any standards at all, many people argue.
But both GOP and Democratic officials on the committee, including some lawmakers, said there is no evidence that Schiff disclosed his contact with Simpson to committee members… like he demanded of republicans.
“I don’t know if they’re under any obligation to disclose it but, certainly if we were conspiracy theorists the way that my Democrat colleagues appear to be, we could weave an awful tale into that and weave all kinds of nonsense about it,” Rep. Mike Conaway stated.
“Had the tables been turned and I had been seen at a circumstance like that, my guess is [Schiff] would have demanded I had a full conversation as to what I did,” he added.
Conaway touched on another observation.
“Simpson has become a Gump-like character who keeps showing up in so many different places in the Russia scandal: He’s the owner of the company that was paid by Clinton for the Steele dossier, the guy who hired Steele to create the dossier, the one who met with Ohr at the Justice Department, who pitched reporters writing Trump dirt at the end of the campaign and who met with the Russian woman and an American lobbyist at the heart of the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
“And then, he shows up with Schiff in Aspen.”
“It’s interesting that Simpson is at the heart of the dossier and the dossier played a mighty role in not only going after Carter Page but in much of Adam’s and Eric Swalwell’s [D-Calif.] quest to find collusion, that [Schiff] would in fact in that exact same conversation, or time frame, be in conversation or appear to be in conversation with the guy who’s principally responsible for the dossier,” Conaway said.
So, now “there’s evidence of Senate Intelligence Committee vice-chairman Mark Warner trying to conduct covert communications with Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS during their Senate investigative cover-up…..….and now there’s photographic evidence of House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff engaged in background communication with Fusion GPS during his House investigative cover-up.”
So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019
….The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do the same thing. Even stealing people who work at White House! A continuation of Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019
Meanwhile, the witch hunt rolls on.