Republican Representatives Sent a Letter to Adam Schiff Demanding His Committee Resignation and It Totally Backfired

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All nine Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee signed a letter on Thursday demanding the immediate resignation of their chair, Democrat Adam Schiff (CA).

Republicans are upset with Schiff for refusing to back down on his assertions that President Donald Trump's campaign had inappropriate communications with Russians during the 2016 campaign. Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX) read the letter aloud on the House floor after introducing it.


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"Your willingness to continue to promote a demonstrably false narrative is alarming," Conaway said of Schiff. "The findings of the special counsel conclusively refute your past and present exertions, and have exposed you of having abused your position to knowingly promote false information."

This is not true, as the only publicly available take on the Trump-Russia matter has come from Attorney General William Barr, who in a memo to Congress on Monday said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller could not establish collusion or obstruction of justice.

Barr also noted that the special counsel's findings "do not exonerate Trump," though Republicans and the administration have lied about that too.

Nevertheless, Republicans have weaponized Barr's opinion and are out for blood.

"Your actions both past and present are incompatible with your duty as chairman of this committee. As such, we have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your constitutional responsibility, and urge your immediate resignation as chairman of the committee."

Trump also said on Twitter that Schiff should be "forced to resign" and accused him - without evidence - of "knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking."

Their effort has backfired - spectacularly. Reactions on Twitter have not been kind to the Republicans who signed that letter.

Schiff had his own powerful response to his Republican colleagues, who for nearly two years have mounted a concerted effort to prevent the truth about Trump and Russia - whatever it may be - from being revealed.

The facts are what they are.

"My colleagues may think it is OK that the Russians offered dirt on a Democratic candidate for president as part of what was described as the Russian government's attempt to help the Trump campaign. You might think that's OK," Schiff said. "My colleagues might think it's OK that when it was offered to the son of the president, who had a pivotal role in the campaign, that the president's son did not call the FBI, he did not adamantly refuse that foreign help. No, instead that son said that he would love the help of the Russians."

Schiff tore into the resignation and subsequent criminal probe of Trump's first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators over his contacts with the Russians.

"You might think it's OK that the national security advisor-designate secretly conferred with Russian ambassador about undermining sanctions, and you might think it's okay he lied about it to the FBI. You might say that's all OK," Schiff said. "But I don't think it's okay. I think it's immoral. I think it's unethical, and I think it is unpatriotic. And yes, I think it is corrupt. And evidence of collusion."

Schiff added that the only way to know for sure whether Trump acted inappropriately is to see Mueller's report.

"Now, I have always said whether this amounts to proof of conspiracy is another matter. Whether the special counsel could prove beyond a reasonable doubt the proof of that crime would be up to the special counsel, and I would accept his decision and I do."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rushed to Schiff's defense, saying she was "proud of the work" he has been doing while simultaneously thrashing the vengeful Republicans.

"Republicans are afraid of the truth... they're just scaredy cats... afraid of a leader" who's "calm, professional, patriotic," Pelosi said. "It’s their own insecurity. Their own fear of the truth, their fear of the facts and their fear of an effective patriotic leader in his measured way who’s going to make sure that the American people know the truth."

Republicans are on the wrong side of history.

We deserve the truth.

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Across the country, states have instituted stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus that's upended daily life in the United States.

Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.

There's just one problem: Wisconsin's elections are scheduled for April 7. In addition to the Presidential primaries, Wisconsinites will vote for judicial positions, school board seats, and thousands of other offices.

The Democratic and Republican National Committees took the case to the Supreme Court, with Democrats arguing that the deadline for mailing absentee ballots should be extended by a week, to April 13, in order to facilitate voting from home.

With a Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat up for grabs on Tuesday, Republicans predictably made the case for why as few people as possible should be permitted to vote. It was a continuation of Wisconsin GOP efforts to suppress the vote, which included rejecting a demand from Governor Evers to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every resident.

The Republican majority in United States Supreme Court sided with the RNC and the election in Wisconsin will carry on as scheduled. This is despite Wisconsin being unprepared for the surge in absentee ballot requests, which leapt from a typical 250,000 to over 1.2 million in reaction to the virus. Thousands of these voters won't even receive these ballots until after the election, thereby preventing them from exercising their right to vote.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:

"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."

She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:

"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."

A majority of the Supreme Court may not have agreed with Ginsburg, but the court of public opinion was fully on her side.





The Republican efforts indicated to some that the party cares more about maintaining control than preserving lives.




Large crowds are already gathering in Wisconsin to vote.

In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.

For more information about the tried and true tactic of GOP voter suppression, check out Uncounted, available here.

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