Here we go again….
Haven’t I heard this song before?
Haven’t we read this book?
You know, the one where Adam Schiff makes a huge spectacle claiming to have irrefutable evidence against Trump or someone in Trump’s campaign that he’s “going to release really soon”….and then it never comes out?
But he makes a lot of headlines in the meantime!
Are we seeing that now play out with Schiff vs. Mike Pence?
It’s starting to look like it.
Newsweek had more on the story:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has said he will continue pushing to uncover evidence detailing Vice President Mike Pence's involvement in President Donald Trump's alleged efforts to extort Ukraine, after his colleagues voted to impeach Trump on two counts.
Soon after the House approved the two articles of impeachment against the president—one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress—Schiff told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that he is still working to release evidence showing what he termed a "cover up."
Maddow asked Schiff whether the American people should expect new revelations about Pence's involvement in the president's Ukraine strategy.
Trump is facing allegations that he offered to release frozen military aid in exchange for an investigation into possible 2020 rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter, related to debunked accusations of corruption involving the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.
Schiff told Maddow he and his colleagues have "acquired a piece of evidence" from a classified submission by State Department official Jennifer Williams, who was attached to Pence's office as a special adviser for Russia and Europe.
The chart below, provided by Statista, shows the House of Representatives vote on President Donald Trump's impeachment.The new information was submitted one week after Williams' public appearance, on November 26, Schiff has previously explained.
Schiff said that "in going back and looking through her records, she found other information that was pertinent to that phone call that we had asked her about."
Schiff was referring to a phone call between Pence and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which she described as being "similar" to the call between Trump and Zelenskiy that sparked the impeachment investigation.
Williams previously told House investigators that there was no mention of the Bidens or Burisma on the Pence-Zelenskiy phone call.
"There is nothing that should be classified in that submission," Schiff said. "It is not proper to classify something because it would be embarrassing or incriminating."
He continued, "That submission does shed light on the vice president's knowledge. And we think the American people should see it, certainly any senators in the trial should have access to it."
Our friends over at the Western Journal had more on the story:
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee hinted at the bombshell turn in a Dec. 18 talk with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Maddow asked Schiff about his continuing role in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“You seem to still be pulling on some threads here, including some potentially provocative and consequential ones,” she said. “I’m thinking specifically about a letter that you sent to the vice president’s office this week in which you raise questions as to what the vice president knew about the president’s behavior, the president’s scheme in Ukraine, and thereby essentially his potential involvement in any coverup of that behavior by the president.
“Are you actively looking at Vice President Mike Pence and his role in this scandal, and should we expect further revelations either related to the vice president or related to the other core parts of these allegations that have resulted in this impeachment tonight?”
Schiff, in his usual habit of claiming to have overwhelming and damning evidence against his political enemies, said he now has something on Vice President Mike Pence.
“We have acquired a piece of evidence,” he said, “a classified submission by [Pence aide] Jennifer Williams, something that she alluded to in her open testimony that, in going back and looking through her records, she found other information that was pertinent to that phone call that we had asked her about and made that submission. …
“That submission does shed light on the vice president’s knowledge.”
Williams testified in Trump’s impeachment hearing about the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, drawing his ire on Twitter.
It remains to be seen whether the “piece of evidence” Schiff mentioned exists, given the congressman’s record on such assertions.
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Pence previously shut down an attempt by Schiff to access sensitive documents for no reason.
“It just goes to show that there is a body of evidence,” Schiff later continued, “documentary and otherwise, that administration figures from the president on down to include the vice president do not want the American people to see or know.
“The question is, will they succeed? Will the coverup succeed? Or will the Senate insist on what we were not able to obtain in the House, and that is a White House that will comply with lawful process.”
If the Democrats were to succeed in impeaching and removing both Trump and Pence, this would constitute a virtual clean slate in the White House. Pelosi, who as speaker would be next in line for the presidency after the vice president, would become the nation’s highest executive.
With impeachment stalled because of Pelosi’s refusal to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, it looks like Schiff’s apparent plan at a total coup is now in limbo.