Committee Hearing Becomes A Parody Show

Committee Hearing Becomes A Parody Show

Committee Hearing Becomes A Parody Show

An impeachment inquiry is supposed to be serious business. After all, it’s the final check on presidential power that the Constitution grants. Well, welcome to the House Intelligence Committee clown show, starring Adam Schiff.

Now, Schiff has a long history of overselling what he’s got and then wearing all the eggs on his face, plus the Hollandaise sauce, later. So what does a clown with a gavel do when given a serious matter like impeachment?

It’s time for the House Intelligence Committee parody show, starring…. Chairman Adam Schiff!


Um, what the hell was that? We have the transcript in front of us, why is Schiff doing that? (That is a rhetorical question – this is Adam Schiff we are talking about, so we know exactly why he is doing that. He can’t help making himself looking like a complete tool.)

Schiff was then forced to admit, on camera, that he was making a parody out of a committee hearing.


His colleagues on the committee were… less than pleased with that performance.


But back to the actual substance of the committee hearing. Not only did the White House release the transcript of the Zelensky call yesterday, the redacted whistleblower report was released today. The committee was supposed to be talking to acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire. The whistleblower report does not have any new bombshells. The person making the report admits that they do not have first hand information of the call, or what they are reporting on. Schiff decided to grandstand on the whistleblower report and complain to Maguire that he didn’t take it seriously. (You know, like Congressman Parody Pants just did.)

Now, why would Schiff be so invested in the integrity of the whistleblower? Fred Fleitz, who identifies himself as a “former CIA analyst and former NSC official whoe edited transcripts of POTUS phone calls with foreign leaders,” has some serious questions.

This is not an intelligence matter. It is a policy matter and a complaint about differences over policy. Presidential phone calls are not an intelligence concern. The fact that IC officers transcribe these calls does not give the IC IG jusrisdiction over these calls.”

The way this complaint was written suggested the author had a lot of help. I know from my work on the House Intel Commitee staff that many whistleblowers go directly to the intel oversight committees. Did this whistleblower first meet with House Intel committee members?”

It is therefore important that Congress find out where this complaint came from. What did House and Senate intel committee dem members and staff know about it and when? Did they help orchestrate this complaint?”

My view is that this whistleblower complaint is too convenient and too perfect to come from a typical whistleblower. Were other IC officers involved? Where (sic) outside groups opposed to the president involved?”

If you put your tinfoil hat on, it isn’t much of a stretch to suggest that a whistleblower might have had some “help” in making sure that the hearsay was written up nicely and tied with a bow. It would be peak swamp. The problem is, the whistleblower’s entire claim of a “cover up” was completely blown yesterday when the White House released the transcript of the call. Doesn’t that render the entire whistleblower complaint moot?

I’m beginning to think that while the Zelensky call doesn’t do Trump any favors, the Democrats were counting on him claiming “executive privilege” and keeping the transcript under wraps. The fact that both the transcript and the whistleblower complaint have both been released within 48 hours of Pelosi caving to the House caucus is knocking the wind out of their impeachment sails. And all Schiff can do now is bad improv in front of the House Intelligence committee. If there is no more evidence than this, then the Democrats have really and truly sunk themselves.

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Featured image: Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), screenshot via NBC News on YouTube

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11 Comments
  • Drew458 says:

    I read the transcript several times yesterday, and I read the whistleblower’s complaint today. I’m forming the opinion that this may be another total false flag op, just as contrived as RussiaGate. There is no whistleblower; this entire thing was cooked up by a group of DC insiders. And to me, that stench of rotting fish points towards Hillary.

    The only thing I’m taking away from this is that the President can not trust anyone around him in the slightest.

    • Scott says:

      I think you’re right Drew, at the very least in your last sentence, if not the whole thing. That being said, Schiff-for-brains is a total buffoon (kinda like Nadler, Pelosi, and the rest of them.Not only is he so partisan that he puts party and power ahead of country at every opportunity, he is also an idiot. Sadly, due to his position, and the drooling mouth breathers that listen to him, he’s a dangerous idiot.

  • GWB says:

    This is not an intelligence matter. It is a policy matter and a complaint about differences over policy.
    And that means it’s not even protected under whistleblower protections. It’s not blowing a whistle, it’s whining.

    If you put your tinfoil hat on
    I think they issue you one annually in the intel field. It’s necessary.

    Our entire gov’t is becoming nothing more than a bad reality tv show. And it’s because that’s what the electorate has degenerated into – the audience of a reality tv show. We are so screwed.

    • Politically Ambidextrous says:

      “Our entire gov’t is becoming nothing more than a bad reality tv show. And it’s because that’s what the electorate has degenerated into – the audience of a reality tv show.”

      I sadly agree! Joseph de Maistre: “Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite.”

  • Charles N. Steele says:

    Deanna: “If you put your tinfoil hat on…”

    GWB: “I think they issue you one annually in the intel field. It’s necessary.”

    Me: if by now one hasn’t noticed that the American intelligence and law enforcement agencies – or many within them – are out to get Trump, what’s needed isn’t a tinfoil hat but a white cane and a seeing eye dog.

    • GWB says:

      Well, my point was that intel folks need a tinfoil hat, because they deal in a lot of speculation in their jobs (the ones they’re supposed to be doing). There’s a LOT of what-iffing, based on incomplete data, a lot of piecing together very tenuously connected information nuggets. It’s easy to start seeing things that aren’t there.

      The tinfoil hats keep them sane. (The good ones. Evidently some have not done the proper maintenance on theirs….)

  • Michael Asher says:

    In the words of William Weld, the penalty for treason is death, so shouldn’t Benedict Adam be first?

  • MarkJ says:

    Safe Prediction: Adam Schiff, even now that he knows he’s approaching the edge of a cliff, will do the only logical thing in SchiffWorld: hit the accelerator and go Full Thelma and Louise.

  • — …the Zelensky call doesn’t do Trump any favors… —

    I keep seeing variations on this sentiment, and I fail to understand. Let’s see, now:

    Joseph Biden was the vice-president in 2016.
    He boasted openly of having arm-twisted the Ukrainian government into firing the prosecutor investigating Burisma, where his son Hunter was a highly paid “consultant.”
    He is now one of the prime contenders for the Democrat presidential nomination.
    If nominated, he has a chance of becoming the president of the United States.

    To me, President Trump’s request to President Zelensky that Ukraine renew its investigation into that sordid affair is the one and only responsible thing he could have done. If the Bidens are exonerated – not likely, from what we already know, but possible – no harm done. If they’re found complicit in this corruption scheme – that is, if the investigation reveals that Biden’s video-recorded boast was factual, which isn’t something we can assume, given his previously established prevarications – America heads off the possibility that it might unknowingly elect a corruptocrat to its highest office.

    That is exactly and only responsible behavior from our head of state. That another nation is involved doesn’t alter the central fact: the persons at the center of this affair are Americans, one of whom has a nonzero chance of attaining the highest office in our nation.

    Far from “not doing [Trump] any favors,” this is praiseworthy — especially in light of the Democrats’ attempts to use it against him!

  • The Demon Slick says:

    Lawfare group is behind this. Along with the democrats. And some republicans. And the CIA. And the FBI. And the Senate intelligence committee including the compromised Mr. Burr. And if you pulled the curtain back far enough, you can just make out a couple of tiny figures hunched over a ham radio set. Obama and Valerie Jarrett.

  • Harlan says:

    That schiff-for-brains did not indicate at the outset that his “rendition” of Trump’s transcript was parody should be considered a higher crime and misdemeanor than ANYTHING Trump has done.

    Dumb-ass dem voters don’t know the difference between parody and reality. It’s like putting out a false campaign ad, and then claiming PARODY after millions of know-nothings have already seen and run with it.

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