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[WATCH] Adam Schiff Shuts Down Former Trump Aide on ‘The View’

[WATCH] Adam Schiff Shuts Down Former Trump Aide on ‘The View’

Now that Meghan McCain has departed, daytime chatfest “The View” has been inviting various Conservative women to take a guest seat at the table. While semi-regular Ana Navarro can always hold her own, the others haven’t had as much success. Michele Tafoya stumbled in her discussion about race with host Whoopi Goldberg, and now another right-wing woman has put her foot in her Trumpian mouthpiece.

During a panel discussion with guest Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Tuesday, former Trump-era State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus asked Schiff if he had “any regrets” about using the Steele Dossier as evidence against Donald Trump, pointing to the recent news of Igor Danchenko being charged for lying to the FBI for his work on the dossier. “Whoever lied to the FBI or Christopher Steele should be prosecuted,” Schiff replied. “And unlike in the Trump administration, if they’re convicted, they should go to jail and not be pardoned. So Donald Trump pardoned Roger Stone for lying, he pardoned Michael Flynn for lying.”

Photo of Rep. Adam Schiff by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images; photo of Pres. Donald Trump by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

“Let’s not forget what we learned in that investigation,” Schiff continued. “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.” Ortagus reminded Schiff that Trump fired Manafort, but Schiff quickly parried, “The effort to get Russian help continued.”

The conversation got more contentious from there. “You have spread Russian disinformation yourself by promoting this,” Ortagus interrupted. “I think that’s what Republicans and people who entrusted you as the Intel Committee chair are so confused about: your culpability in all this.”

“I completely disagree with your premise,” Schiff responded. “It’s one thing to say allegations should be investigated and they were. It’s another to say that we should have foreseen in advance that some people were lying to Christopher Steele, which is impossible, of course, to do. But let’s not use that as a smokescreen to somehow shield Donald Trump’s culpability for inviting Russia to help him in the election, which they did; for trying to coerce Ukraine to help him in the next election, which he did; into inciting an insurrection, which he did. None of that is undercut — serious conduct is in any way diminished by the fact that people lied to Christopher Steele.”

“No, I think just your credibility is,” Ortagus charged.

“I think the credibility of your question is in doubt,” Schiff remarked, getting cheers from the audience.

 

Schiff also spoke about the controversial video tweeted by Rep. Paul Gosar (Q-AZ), which has many Twitter users calling for him to be banned from the platform as well as Congress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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