Schiff Calls For Prosecutions of Those Who Lied on Steele Dossier . . . After Attacking The Durham Investigation

In a bizarre exchange this week with former State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was confronted with his relentless promoting of the now debunked Steele dossier in prior years. Schiff surprisingly declared “First of all, whoever lied to the FBI or Christopher Steele should be prosecuted, and they are.” (It is actually not a crime to lie to Christopher Steele under 18 U.S.C. 1001. It is a crime to lie to federal investigators). It was a curious statement from someone who attacked the appointment of the Special Counsel and, with other leading Democrats, did his level best to kill the investigation. If it had been left to Schiff, there would have been no John Durham and no Durham indictments.

I have been writing about the Durham investigation for two years and the need to look into serious questions linking Clinton associates with the advancement of false claims of collusion. There was a constant barrage of ridicule and abuse for those writing on the investigation. Members and legal experts lined up to claim that there was nothing to be found and that Mueller had already revealed all that needed to be known about the scandal. The recent investigations, of course, disprove those attacks by detailing new evidence of a coordinated and concerted effort by the Clinton campaign to create this scandal.

Schiff previously claimed that he had direct evidence of collusion in his Committee despite Mueller finding no such evidence to support criminal charges.  Schiff however has never produced that evidence.

Durham has now shown how Clinton associates engineered the scandal and may have even been the true sources for the most salacious details in the dossier. In 2017, American intelligence said that it believed that the dossier may have been used by Russian intelligence to spread disinformation.

Schiff opposed Durham while insisting that Mueller should be allowed to continue his own investigation. Judging from the three indictments by Durham, it is now clear why Democrats sought to kill the investigation.

Schiff told MSNBC that ongoing investigations would constitute “tearing down our democracy” and would serve as a way to “delegitimize” a president.  This also included any continued investigation of the Hunter Biden scandal. Schiff denounced the Durham investigation as a “politically motivated” effort despite the fact that Durham suspended any public actions before the election to avoid even the appearance of political manipulation.  He resisted demands from Trump to issue a report before the election.

Schiff raised the termination of the Durham investigation by Attorney General Garland before Durham could issue any indictments or reports.  He added “The appointment is not consistent with the language of the statute that he’s relying on and can be rescinded, I think, by the next attorney general. I would presume the next attorney general will look to see if there is any merit to the work that John Durham is doing.”

On the campaign trail, Biden also dismissed the “investigation of the investigators.”

Likewise, then Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), sent a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz to demand the investigation of Durham as a possible political shill. She was joined by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Notably, the letter from the senators in 2020 raised one of the greatest concerns for Democrats about this investigation: any Special Counsel report. These were the same members demanding not just the release of the Mueller report but some even wanted the release of the unredacted report (including grand jury information that cannot be publicly disclosed absent a court order).  However, in 2020 they wanted to kill any report by Durham: “In addition, it remains unclear what rules and authority permit the public release of a ‘report’ by U.S. Attorney Durham, raising additional concerns about the legitimacy of his appointment and work.”

Many of the same members and pundits continued to mock the Durham investigation even after his first indictment. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow (who was one of the chief promoters of the Steele dossier) even called upon fired FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok to discredit the latest indictment.

For his part, Schiff’s sudden belief that people need to be prosecuted over the Steele dossier would be more compelling if he had not done all that he could to end the investigation that uncovered such alleged crimes.

This is all quite swampy, of course.  However, Schiff has long been assuring the public that there is nothing to see here and that rodents of unusual size do not reside in this particular swamp:

 

 

 

 

 

142 thoughts on “Schiff Calls For Prosecutions of Those Who Lied on Steele Dossier . . . After Attacking The Durham Investigation”

  1. If (when? the GOP takes the House, I hope that they do not emulate the D casebook of endless investigations. However, I would hope that they would censure Schiff, Waters, and Eric the Red for their actions during all of this.

    1. If Kevin McCarthy is elected as the speaker of the house, he should insist security risks such as Schiff and Swalwell should be off the intel committee. Nancy Pelosi showed us how it’s done with both MTG and the Jan 6 commission.

  2. Oh, please don’t can Kamala!

    She’s the Three Stooges all wrapped up in one!

    Even though she can never be a “natural born citizen” and can never be eligible, she is the most amusing and goofiest buffoon on two continents.

    Please Joe, don’t go.

      1. Every time I hear this weasel talk, I get sick to my stomach, I want him out of politics, because he’s a total liar!!!!
        Shifty!!!

  3. Schiff is a crooked as a dog’s hind leg. Because he did not lie to the FBI, he will get off Scott free. His crime, which I believe is worse is that he lied to the American People.

  4. In her own words.

    ….

    Hillary Clinton defends funding anti-Trump dossier in late-night interview
    ABC News
    November 2, 2017

    In a late-night interview on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Clinton said there was a difference between her campaign paying for legal opposition research and Trump’s team possibly working with Russia to influence the election.

    “I think most serious people understand that,” Clinton said. “This was research started by a Republican donor during the Republican primary, and when Trump got the nomination for the Republican Party, the people doing it came to my campaign lawyer.”

    “He said ‘yes,’” Clinton added, referring to her campaign lawyer, Marc Elias. “He’s an experienced lawyer, he knows what the law is, he knows what opposition research is.”

    “We’ve never had an adversary who attacked us with so few consequences,” Clinton said. “And I think that’s, in large measure, because the president is so ambivalent.

    “I mean, he has to know — we’ll find out what he knew and how involved he was — but he had to know that people were making outreach to Russians, to the highest levels of the Kremlin, in order to help him, to hurt me, but more importantly to sow this divisiveness,” she added.

    1. “We’ve never had an adversary who attacked us with so few consequences,” Clinton said.

      I’m certain she was very frustrated that Arkanside was not an option.

      1. Some would say there is a special place in Hades for her, but I sincerely believe she is already living in it. No person would do what she did except for jealously, vindictiveness and attention seeking. Narcissists are like that

        https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20366662

        “Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

        A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. People with narcissistic personality disorder may be generally unhappy and disappointed when they’re not given the special favors or admiration they believe they deserve. They may find their relationships unfulfilling, and others may not enjoy being around them.”

    1. Because vaccinated people never contract covid. No, wait, that’s a lie. some areas the cases requiring hospitalizations are as high as 60% vaccinated patients.

      Another lie, if we all do as we are told, we attain covid zero.

      1. There is a significant danger that the Vaccine, lockdowns and “flattening the curve” could result in covid becoming endemic.

        To eliminate Covid, Herd immunity muct be reached and sustained long enough for Covid to die out.

        That may not be possible with a vaccine that drops in effectiveness by 50% over 6 months, and a vaccination process that will take 2-4 years to vaccinate the world.

        Do the math – we will be chasing our tails forever.

        To permanently defeat a disease like Covid – you do NOT want to flatten the curve and stretch it out.

        Right now, we MUST hope that natural immunity is longer than vaccine immunity and hope that enough people have natural immunity to stop this.

        Regardless, there is likely to be a reckoning, and the Left is likely to be held accountable.

    2. If quarantines work, why don’t quarantines work?
      ______________________________________

      “It has been our experience that lockdowns and quarantines do not help control Ebola, as they end up driving people underground and jeopardizing the trust between people and health providers.”

      – Doctors Without Borders
      ____________________

      If masks work, why don’t masks work?

      If vaccinations work, why don’t vaccinations work?

      If mandates work, why don’t mandates work?

      If communism works, why doesn’t communism work?
      _________________________________________

      It matters not what a nation does when a pandemic emerges.

      It’s decimation by the strongest virus and survival of the fittest human beings.

      The grim reaper will take his due.

      Shhhh.

      It happens.

      Get over it!

    3. Maybe he ran into a vaccinated person with breakthrough infection but vaccine mitigated symptoms that didn’t know they spreading the virus. The other option would be to delay the rally for three days till Jeff recovers.

  5. “Schiff Calls For Prosecutions of Those Who Lied on Steele Dossier . . . After Attacking The Durham Investigation”

    – Professor Turley
    ______________

    The Department of Justice called for prosecutions of those who originated the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections by appointing as Special Counsel, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham.

    Whatever will John “Dudley Will-He-Do-Right” Durham do?

    This thing is astronomical, colossal and huuuuuuuuuuge!!!

    Special Counsel John Durham will have to arrest half of Washington D.C., a large portion of Europe and a smidgen in Australia.

    Is John Durham up to the task?
    _________________________

    The Obama Coup D’etat in America is the most egregious abuse of power and the most prodigious crime in American political history.

    The co-conspirators are:

    Kevin Clinesmith, Bill Taylor, Eric Ciaramella, Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Andrew Weissmann,

    James Comey, Christopher Wray, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Laycock, Kadzic,Sally Yates,

    James Baker, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan, Campbell, Sir Richard Dearlove,

    Christopher Steele, Simpson, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper,

    Azra Turk, Kerry, Hillary, Huma, Mills, Brennan, Gina Haspel, Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power,

    Lynch, Rice, Jarrett, Holder, Brazile, Sessions (patsy), Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi, Obama,

    Joe Biden, James E. Boasberg, Emmet Sullivan, Gen. Milley, George Soros, John McCain,

    Marc Elias, Igor, Danchenko, Fiona Hill, Charles H. Dolan, Jake Sullivan et al.

  6. Yesterday, I ordered a product online.

    I checked the box for a “one time only” purchase.

    After the purchase, the order stated “next payment” “every 30 days.”
    ______________________________________________________

    Donald Trump won the election on Tuesday.

    On Wednesday, Biden won (so they say).
    _________________________________

    In 2016, Trump was the Devil.

    In 2021, Schiff is the Devil.
    _____________________

    What a strange world we live in.

  7. How to define this man: deceiver, fibber, fabricator, false witness, perjurer, fabulist, and adding an adjective, notorious.

      1. George; Happened upon a 0311 and was told to advance I’d need a 0331, plus a 0341; finely I said here I am, only to be instructed to act like a 2531 when required, “because Boy you have a deep voice, do you understand me”?

  8. In Virginia, hope from a newly elected Black politician, praised by a formerly incarcerated Black citizen.
    Well done, Lt Governor Winsome Sears!

    Valerie Coley of Chesterfield County, a certified peer recovery specialist with a local government mental health department, joined Sears on the tour. At times, her eyes grew wet. A Black woman who grew up in public housing communities in Richmond and who was previously incarcerated for drug-related offenses, she said she was so inspired by Sears and the GOP ticket that for the first time she didn’t vote Democratic.

    One thing that changed for her, Coley said, is that she began watching what politicians do. Democratic control of Virginia, she said, led to political cliques but no improvement for the quality of life for African Americans in forgotten areas, she said.

    “Actually, things had gotten worse,” she said. A pastor, she said she’s been called a traitor for supporting Republicans.

    She said Sears cares about people returning from incarceration, like her.

    https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/im-going-to-serve-lt-gov–elect-sears-tours-capitol-and-senate-chamber-to/article_ce8b2e9b-70e5-5dd1-b4f0-2289581b7437.html

  9. For 5 years, those on the Left have been on the attack based on a disinformation campaign intended to stoke fear and outrage about all things Trump. The attacks may have been somewhat justifiable if the facts and evidence supported them. Those on the Right have been on the defense because they didn’t support the allegations. We’re long past the point for rational minds across the political spectrum to agree that this hoax happened, who the bad actors were and that we have to ensure it can’t happen again. Anyone at this point that would attempt to defend these bad actors is not a friend to this country.

    1. He’s just being confused with stating an opinion. Just like Trump. He doesn’t lie he is just stating his opinion.

  10. Why will no one say it. The Dems I would allege, (From Obama,,CIA< DOJ< FBI< NSA, Et Als on down, attempted a coup against DT from him becoming the Repub candidate until the day (1-20-2021) he left office. As one commenter "Special K inferred, DT had every reason to go ballistic himself with all these Dem lies of him be the criminal. Durham via Merland Garland, will not release disclosure, or persue the real upper echalons.

    Schiff previously claimed that he had direct evidence of collusion in his Committee despite Mueller finding no such evidence to support criminal charges. Schiff however has never produced that evidence.

    Durham has now shown how Clinton associates engineered the scandal and may have even been the true sources for the most salacious details in the dossier. In 2017, American intelligence said that it believed that the dossier may have been used by Russian intelligence to spread disinformation.

    Schiff opposed Durham while insisting that Mueller should be allowed to continue his own investigation. Judging from the three indictments by Durham, it is now clear why Democrats sought to kill the investigation.

    Schiff told MSNBC that ongoing investigations would constitute “tearing down our democracy” and would serve as a way to “delegitimize” a president. This also included any continued investigation of the Hunter Biden scandal. Schiff denounced the Durham investigation as a “politically motivated” effort despite the fact that Durham suspended any public actions before the election to avoid even the appearance of political manipulation. He resisted demands from Trump to issue a report before the election.

  11. Can someone on the left please explain how Schiff saying (over and over again) that he has HARD EVIDENCE of collusion when in fact he had none is any different than Joe McCarthy saying he had a list of known communists when in fact he was (sometimes) embellishing what he in fact had.

    Schiff should be, and will eventually be, humiliated for how he has conducted himself as the CHAIRMAN of the INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. This chairman sits atop a committee (of INTELLIGENCE) that has on it’s panel a member who has been proven to have had an affair with a Chinese spy. AND HE HAS NOT BEEN REMOVED. Imagine if Republicans had the majority and a member of the INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE was found to be sleeping with a RUSSIAN spy and then not removed. Imagine if Trump’s son was sleeping with a Russian spy, or selling access to the Russians, or sharing a credit line with THE PRESIDENT as he cavorts around LA with hookers in a drugged stupor.

    The bias in the media is maddening.

    PS> Now we can watch as April Ryan, in the middle of the first supply chain crises in recent history, asks the Sec of Transportation if he will be doing something about “racist roads”. We can watch Yamiche Alcindor ask Biden why he is so great…as we pay her salary.

    1. Hullbobby, the roads are made with black asphalt but because the turn instructions painted on them are white they are proof of racist beliefs by those who built them. Even further proof is that some roads are made from a white tinged concrete. Don’t you understand that the nation should be ashamed of the blatant exhibiting of racism displayed in our our infrastructure? You just can’t make this stuff up.

      1. “. . . the roads are made with black asphalt . . .”

        And trees. Don’t forget that trees, too, are racist. (You have to be a drunk psychotic to figure out their “reasoning” on this one.)

    2. HullBobby,
      I for one would like to see all these racist roads go by the road side.
      I want to see new, major roads go through places like . . . Martha’s Vineyard! Sonoma county, specifically the Newsome vineyards! Through where ever land holdings that Mark Fukaburger guy lives! Lets tear down some Bill “Gates” in the name of racist roads!
      Heck ya! That is a movement I could get behind!

  12. This is a typical display of the lack of morality of people on the left. Another example would be a book that was in a high school library that was placed there by the woke LGBTQ friends of Adam Schiff. https://theiowastandard.com/shocking-images-from-book-gender-queer-which-is-stocked-in-school-libraries-across-iowa/. They tell us that we should have no say in what the teach the children. Adam Schiff found his playbook in the actions of a Roman Emperor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caligula. Luckily Adam Schiff is not in charge. Sounds like a little bit of history repeating. Caution there may be smoking contained in the content I have provided.

    1. Well, it is in a HIGH SCHOOL library. Teens are no strangers to that kind of content. I wouldn’t be surprised. What I found funny is that the Iowa standard actually published the contents of the book in question with “warnings” not to scroll further if you’re not 18. LOL! Yeah like that is going to stop any curious teenager.

      1. When I was a teen, mid-late 80s, I have no recollection of that kind of thing being in our school library.

        Curious teens, yes.
        But not school supported or endorsed.
        Most certainly not teacher or parent supported.

  13. Although I did not like Donald Trump’s personality, I did like his politics. If I had that many manufactured and made up lies told about me i.e. like Trump, I too would be paranoid and question who are my “friends.” I too would go after those that spread those lies. I now know the other side of the Donald Trump/John McCain problem. John McCain spread a lie, whether knowingly or not. John McCain should have kept his mouth shut until the facts came out. Many others that Donald Trump went after now seem justified in “self defense.” Put yourself in his position; what would you have done? I would bet the same a President Trump, come out swinging at everyone that spread the “biggest lie,” a lie to try to bring down a presidency.

    This is worse that Watergate; and I lived Watergate. Trying to bring down a sitting presidency with a conspiracy of innuendos, lies and deeds is in a democracy a BIG DEAL.

    1. John McCain is at the nexus of the Russia hoax. He knew exactly what Clinton’s wife was doing. McCain is just one example of establishment Republicans working against President Trump. There are hundreds more. That is why the intellectual lazy trout out the lie, “but the Republicans have to be trusted, They wouldn’t lie about President Trump”

  14. Well played, Mr. Turley. I hope the indictments so far mean the fire spurts are about to erupt, as we watch RUSSIARUSSIARUSSIA be consumed by the lightning sand. Mr. Durham was asked to unravel the mess and, apparently, said, “as you wish.”

  15. Adam Schiff is one of the most despicable Senators in modern history. He would have done nicely as a commissar in Stalin’s Russia. He is totally without scruples and would probably betray a family member if it furthered the interest of the “Party” What a moral abomination that man is.

      1. Of course you are correct. I inadvertently elevated the SOB perhaps in my nightmare. I would not be surprised if Ca voters elected him to replace Feinstein!.

  16. And so it begins.

    Anatomy of a media hit job — how press pushed Clinton’s lies against Trump
    https://nypost.com/2021/11/09/how-the-media-pushed-hillary-clintons-lies-against-trump/

    Relying on one anonymous source — ex-British spy Christopher Steele — they spun a supposed conspiracy between Donald Trump and Russia. But they never revealed the fact that Steele was being paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign for opposition research, and they never examined Steele’s sources, who were unreliable or nonexistent.

    1. Thank you for the Post link.

      What amazes me is the sheer volume of investigation that has gone on and no one noticed that there was no substance to the allegations?

      Aug 2, 2019 — The final bill for Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is in: $31.7 million, according to Justice Department financial reports.

      What were they doing?

      Will these folks have to return their prizes and money?

      Staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post
      For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration. (The New York Times entry, submitted in this category, was moved into contention by the Board and then jointly awarded the Prize.) https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/staffs-new-york-times-and-washington-post

      1. That’s a good comment. But while we can stand tall proudly proclaiming we were right all along, the damage has been done. Every great thing the Trump administration was able to do, despite every imaginable barrier thrown their way, is now being destroyed because this country suffered through this fraud long enough to impact the 2020 election. The Leftists controlling the Democratic party have their own Operation Warp Speed going as they know it’s now or never for their party. They are going to make this country suffer and I’d be surprised if we make it to a 2022 election without some catastrophic event. One more thing. There’s an even more ominous event currently in the making in Davos called The Great Reset. Check it out.

        https://uncanceled.news/1000-private-jets-assemble-to-execute-the-great-reset/

        1. The Leftists controlling the Democratic party have their own Operation Warp Speed going as they know it’s now or never for their party. They are going to make this country suffer and I’d be surprised if we make it to a 2022 election without some catastrophic event.

          Agreed particularly the latter comment.

          I thought for sure that Biden, Pelosi and Schumer would slam the breaks after the beating McAuliffe took in Virginia. Nope. Its full speed ahead, damn the Americans. Happily I dont know anyone in my professional and social circles who see any good coming from the current political situation. And considering where I live, it is a blue sea. No muy bueno

          1. As important as the Durham indictments are, they’re getting us wrapped around the axle of this Socialist train that is only picking up steam.

            1. Olly, we started the straight downhill when Obama was elected. You are right the train is picking up steam. With time it will crash, but some believe it will bounce back to the nation we were. I am quite pessimistic and believe the bounce might bring us back a bit, but at least in our lifetime if ever, we will never experience the same type of energy that made us the greatest country in the world.

              1. I agree SM. Bezmenov said it would take a generation or more to reverse this Marxist takeover. And that’s if the schools were to magically stop this CRT nonsense and teach US civics, etc. We have a long way to go.

    1. He should wear a face mask to protect from infection from viral droplets fallout from Durham’s damning evidence. Between Hillary’s Dossier Collusion falling apart, and CDC Director Walensky “clear evidence” killing our country, Americans might be in for a twofer: ridding us of both the Clinton Contagion and “Follow the Science” Feds

      The CDC’s Director Implies That Face Masks Are More Effective Than Vaccines at Preventing COVID-19 Infection
      https://reason.com/2021/11/09/the-cdcs-director-implies-that-face-masks-are-more-effective-than-vaccines-at-preventing-covid-19-infection/

      The evidence is clear. Masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing your chance of infection by more than 80 percent, whether it’s an infection from the flu, from the coronavirus, or even just the common cold.
      – Rochelle Walensky

      1. The evidence is clear. Masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing your chance of infection by more than 80 percent… — Rochelle Walensky

        Well… given the “vaccines” do not stop COVID-19 transmission, require boosters every six or so months to maintain their “protection”, and “breakthrough” COVID-19 cases comprise the majority of hospital admissions (right behind “vaccine” injuries), perhaps she is right — masks are 80% more effective than the “vaccines”. Safer too!

        /s

    2. Danchenko is angling for a lesser sentence. Maybe he will get it if he gives up the bigger fish. Each of his lies is punishable by up to five years in prison for a total of 25 years. This is going to be fun to watch.

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