I know this won’t come as a shock to you, but Adam Schiff lied (again, and again, and again). But this one is a doozy.
You’ll recall the new “bombshell” witness Lev Parnas – the incredible liar who was just busted by the FBI for campaign finance violations and is looking for a plea deal.
Schiff trotted Parnas, who claimed Trump, Barr, and Nunes were part of a “Ukraine plot,” out as a bombshell witness just as Dems sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate after holding them back for a month for no reason.
Now, it turns out he lied…or as Politico says, he “mischaracterized” evidence…that’s the same as LYING.
Here’s how it went down.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff appears to have mischaracterized a text message exchange between two players in the Ukraine saga, according to documents obtained by POLITICO — a possible error the GOP will likely criticize as another example of the Democrats’ rushed effort to impeach President Donald Trump.
The issue arose when Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) last week summarizing a trove of evidence from Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. In one section of the letter, Schiff claims that Parnas “continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky,” citing a specific text message exchange where Parnas tells Giuliani: “trying to get us mr Z.” The remainder of the exchange — which was attached to Schiff’s letter — was redacted.
But an unredacted version of the exchange shows that several days later, Parnas sent Giuliani a word document that appears to show notes from an interview with Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, followed by a text message to Giuliani that states: “mr Z answers my brother.” That suggests Parnas was referring to Zlochevsky not Zelensky.
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Basically what this boils down to is that Dems were trying to prove through a series of “redacted” text messages that Parnas was trying to arrange a meeting between Giuliani and President Zelensky, to further bolster their “Trump bribery/quid pro quo” story. But that’s not what actually happened.
The interview was with Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma – not the President of Ukraine.
Uh, gee, that is called a BIG DIFFERENCE.
But it appears that Democrats misjudged at least one instance where they thought they found an example of Parnas trying to arrange a meeting between Giuliani and Zelensky, according to the unredacted material. Democrats didn’t receive the Parnas evidence from the courts until last week and were scrambling to sort through all the materials ahead of the Senate impeachment trial.
A Republican aide said the assumption that “mr Z” is a reference to Zelensky is sloppy oversight work at best.
“The most charitable view of the situation is that [Schiff’s] staff committed the equivalent of Congressional malpractice by not looking more than an inch deep to determine the facts before foisting this erroneous information on his colleagues and the American public,” said one senior GOP aide.
“But given the selective redactions and contextual clues, it seems as though Chairman Schiff sought to portray an innocuous meeting with Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky as an insidious one with the President of Ukraine simply because both of their surnames start with the letter Z.”
Republicans are calling this “congressional malpractice” while normal people just call it what it is: lying.
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