Adam Schiff Cheered After Expertly Shutting Down Conservative 'View' Host's Gotcha Question About Steele Dossier
Throughout former President Donald Trump's candidacy and presidency, his and his campaign's affiliations with Russian operators were a source of concern across the nation.
Trump and his allies repeatedly decried a Special Counsel and FBI investigations into these affiliations as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt," often citing the Steele Dossier—a series of reports compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.
The Steele Dossier played only a minor part in the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's associations with Russia, which had already begun before investigators obtained the dossier, despite false claims that the investigation was completely based on unproven and debunked claims it contained, including scandalous stories of a Trump sex tape.
Recently, a separate Special Counsel investigation into the Russia investigation—headed by attorney John Durham—indicted Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst responsible for some of the claims in the dossier.
In a recent interview on The View, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of California—who played a major role in congressional scrutiny of the investigation's findings—took questions regarding the dossier and the recent arrest.
Trump-era State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, a conservative guest host on the show, skewered Schiff over the dossier, prompting a rebuttal from the congressman.
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After Ortagus noted Danchenko's arrest, she asked if Schiff regretted his role in promoting the dossier, Schiff responded:
"Well, first of all, whoever lied to the FBI or lied to Christopher Steele should be prosecuted, and they are, and unlike in the Trump administration, if they're convicted, they should go to jail and not be pardoned. ... And let's not forget what we learned in that investigation. We learned that the Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was giving internal polling data, campaign polling data to Russian intelligence while Russian intelligence was helping the Trump campaign."
Schiff's response was praised by liberals on Twitter.
Absolutely stand with Adam Schiff, and I cannot stand her. In fact, I do not like the show at all. Never have.https://twitter.com/CalltoActivism/status/1458159041868402691\u00a0\u2026— Stay at least six feet away (@Stay at least six feet away) 1636493850
Thank you @RepAdamSchiff for shutting down the nonsense.https://twitter.com/CalltoActivism/status/1458159041868402691\u00a0\u2026— Wildfan2009 (@Wildfan2009) 1636569787
Watched this & Schiff Slayed her Alternate Facts queryhttps://twitter.com/CalltoActivism/status/1458159041868402691\u00a0\u2026— Biggsy (@Biggsy) 1636506633
Oh, yes!! He shut her down https://twitter.com/calltoactivism/status/1458159041868402691\u00a0\u2026— OhDonna16 (@OhDonna16) 1636490264
She thought she was going to one up him, she was wrong. It's always about taking a kernel & running with it when the big picture is, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Trump was working with the Russians, that he tried forcing Ukraine into a quid pro quo & 1/6 Insurrection.https://twitter.com/CalltoActivism/status/1458159041868402691\u00a0\u2026— She Who Will Not Be Named (@She Who Will Not Be Named) 1636503088
Go ADAM! Standup for the TRUTH!https://twitter.com/calltoactivism/status/1458159041868402691\u00a0\u2026— Angela Grand (@Angela Grand) 1636488066
Since the departure of former View cohost Meghan McCain, producers on the show have been testing a variety of potential new personalities on the show presenting conservative viewpoints.
Some are wondering why these viewpoints are necessary.
why does the view *need* a conservative on it?https://twitter.com/CalltoActivism/status/1458159041868402691\u00a0\u2026— sPooky anagraM goon aka PsyMar (@sPooky anagraM goon aka PsyMar) 1636602766
I've been with "The View" from the beginning, but enough with the desperate attempts to put a conservative at the table. There's simply very, very few Nicole Wallaces available, & that's sad.https://twitter.com/CalltoActivism/status/1458159041868402691\u00a0\u2026— janine (@janine) 1636515790
I\u2019m so sick of the View bringing on the gqps. They disrupt the whole show.https://twitter.com/CalltoActivism/status/1458159041868402691\u00a0\u2026— Pam Lee (@Pam Lee) 1636509895
The investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation is ongoing.