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Old 03-20-2017, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)

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House Intelligence Committee pulls an Edgeworth

Ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) hardly rates as a household name. Heís a bit stiff, not your typical glad-handing politician. Nevertheless, with the primacy of the Russia investigation he has become a frequent face on TV news. His effective, precise arguments, delivered largely without hyperbole, are an effective counterpoint to the often hysterical White House utterances.
He walked through Michael Flynnís calls with the Russian ambassador, his lying about them and his firing. Then, like a good prosecutor (he once was one), Schiff made his closing argument:

Now, is it possible that the removal of the Ukraine provision from the GOP platform was a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that Jeff Sessions failed to tell the Senate about his meetings with the Russian ambassador, not only at the convention, but a more private meeting in his office and at a time when the U.S. election was under attack by the Russians? Is it a coincidence that Michael Flynn would lie about a conversation he had with the same Russian Ambassador Kislyak about the most pressing issue facing both countries at the time they spoke ó the U.S. imposition of sanctions over Russian hacking of our election designed to help Donald Trump? Is it a coincidence that the Russian gas company Rosneft sold a 19 percent share after former British intelligence officer [Christopher] Steele was told by Russian sources that Carter Page was offered fees on a deal of just that size? Is it a coincidence that Steeleís Russian sources also affirmed that Russia had stolen documents hurtful to Secretary Clinton that it would utilize in exchange for pro-Russian policies that would later come to pass? Is it a coincidence that Roger Stone predicted that John Podesta would be the victim of a Russian hack and have his private emails published, and did so even before Mr. Podesta himself was fully aware that his private emails would be exposed?

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated, and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they have employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply donít know, not yet, and we owe it to the country to find out.
Itís that sort of precise, factual case ó one that summons us to use common sense and reason ó that will be necessary to cut through Trumpís fog of distraction and lies. Trump wonít be undone by dramatic rhetoric or showy performances. He can be revealed as a huckster and fraud only when facts and reason triumph over irrationality. If that comes to pass, a good amount of the credit should go to Schiff.
Not only is this very necessary, but it may prove to be quite deliciously entertaining as well..
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So they can't fire him until there is a massively distracting news story.
Hey troll, don't you have a rapture to pray for or some poor people to run over or some beatitudes to ignore or newspapers to burn or something?

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Oh don't worry; Bannon's earthmovers are working overtime trying to dig up dirt on Schiff. Hopefully, for our sakes, there's nothing to find.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Soen Eber View Post
So they can't fire him until there is a massively distracting news story.
/me counts to ten.

Anyone else hear him misspeak & say "Tramp..." at least once?
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Am I the only one reading the thread title as "House Intelligence Committee pulls Wedgie"

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