On Thursday, Rep. Adam Schiff appeared on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” and sold a nonsensical sob story that former President Donald Trump and House Republicans who voted not to certify the 2020 presidential election results are the “principal threat to our country.”
Anchor Lawrence O’Donnell congratulated Schiff on his newly announced bid for Senate and asked about his motives for running, to which Schiff replied, “Our democracy remains deeply at risk from the kind of extreme MAGA Republicans like Kevin McCarthy, Marjorie Taylor Green, Paul Gosar and these others represent.”
He cried, “The GOP under Donald Trump has essentially forsaken the truth.”
This man is serious obsessed with Donald Trump.
O’Donnell then inquired, “I know it’s very premature, and I’ve never asked that candidate at this stage in the campaign this question before, but if you make it United States Senate, would you ask Chuck Schumer for an assignment on the Senate Intelligence Committee?”
Schiff answered, “I would certainly be interested in continuing my service on the Intelligence Committee, but more than that, I am determined to do everything I can to defend this country. One of the sad realizations for me over the past few years is that the principal threat to our country now comes from within. It comes from a demagogue like Donald Trump. It comes from the 140 Republicans in the House of Representatives voting to overturn the presidential election because their ambition for office was greater than their devotion to the Constitution.”
He added, “In any capacity, whether it is on the Intelligence Committee or the Judiciary Committee or any other, I intend to fight for California, to fight for American democracy, to fight for an economy that works for everyone. Because at the end of the day, and I have had this conversation with President Biden, if the economy is not delivering, if democracy isn’t delivering, people start to consider alternatives. There really is no alternative to our form of representative government. I want that legacy passed on to my kids and grandkids.”
Oh please. My rooster is more of a threat to America than Donald Trump. Schiff is a complete fraud. He got booted from the House Intelligence Committee by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, so now he’s suddenly running for Senate in hopes that Schumer will assign him to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Schiff announced his Senate campaign on Thursday by sharing a video on his Twitter account, which includes footage of Schiff speaking on the Senate floor during the impeachment proceedings against Trump. A move that he has already gotten him slapped with ethics complaints.
Our democracy is at great risk. Because GOP leaders care more about power than anything else.
And because our economy isn’t working for millions of hard working Americans.
We’re in the fight of our lives—a fight I’m ready to lead as California’s next U.S. Senator. pic.twitter.com/H0Pa0EhhMu
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) January 26, 2023
On Friday, ethics watchdog group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) sent a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), requesting an immediate investigation into Schiff for using footage from the Senate floor in an ad, and other or not he “abused official resources for political purposes” by doing so.
“This is a clear violation of House ethics rules and federal law,” stated Kendra Arnold, executive director of FACT. “Rep. Schiff has been in Congress for over two decades and undoubtedly knows that official government resources cannot be used for political purposes. Rep. Schiff must immediately take down the video and cease distribution of the footage, and the Office of Congressional Ethics should move swiftly to investigate and sanction Rep. Schiff for this breach.”
“Federal law states that ‘appropriations shall be applied only to the objects for which the appropriations were made except as otherwise provided by law,'” the complaint read. “To enforce this law, the ethics rules prohibit members from using any official resource for campaign or political purposes. ‘Official resources’ includes anything funded by taxpayers, such as a member’s official website, social media accounts, and photographs and video from the House or Senate floor.”
“To make it abundantly clear,” they added, “both the House ethics rules and Senate rules specifically identify congressional video of floor proceedings as official resources that members are prohibited from using for political purposes.”