REPORT: Adam Schiff met with Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson in Asp

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REPORT: Adam Schiff met with Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson in Asp

Postby st louis steve on Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:23 pm

REPORT: Adam Schiff met with Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson in Aspen last July and here’s why it matters… ... t-matters/
Here’s the problem:

There is nothing illegal or technically improper about a congressman meeting, intentionally or unintentionally, with a witness in an investigation. At least not under the law or the House Intelligence Committee’s rules.

But Schiff created a far higher standard two years ago when he demanded that his Republican counterpart on the committee, then-Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), be investigated for having meetings with national security council officials at the Trump White House without telling the committee. Schiff’s attacks led Nunes to temporarily recuse himself from the Russia probe.

Schiff assailed Nunes’s contacts with a source outside the committee confines as “a dead-of-night excursion” and said it called into question the impartiality of the inquiry because the committee wasn’t informed.

“I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president’s campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman,” Schiff said at the time.

Schiff apparently didn’t disclose his meeting with Simpson to the committee:

So how did Schiff meet his own standards? Boland declined to say if his boss told the committee about his Simpson contact.

But both GOP and Democratic officials on the committee, including some lawmakers, said there is no evidence that Schiff disclosed his contact with Simpson to committee members.

“I don’t know if they’re under any obligation to disclose it but, certainly if we were conspiracy theorists the way that my Democrat colleagues appear to be, we could weave an awful tale into that and weave all kinds of nonsense about it,” Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who took over the Russia probe when Nunes recused himself, told Hill.TV.

“Had the tables been turned and I had been seen at a circumstance like that, my guess is [Schiff] would have demanded I had a full conversation as to what I did,” he added.

The big takeaway here isn’t whether or not Schiff did anything wrong, but that he isn’t living up to the same rules that he has forced on Nunes, which led to Nunes recusing himself.

Did Schiff do anything wrong or unethical meeting with a very shady character like Glenn Simpson? Probably, because he’s a nasty politician and a liar and he’ll do anything he can to see Trump impeached or defeated in 2020. But we won’t really know that until it’s disclosed and, perhaps, investigated.

But should the GOP call on Schiff to recuse himself from what’s left of their Russia investigation? Oh absolutely.
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