(National Sentinel) Election 2016: Just when we thought we had all the top Democrats figured out, one of them throws us a curve ball. That would be Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
In an interview with ABC‘s “This Week,” Schiff took a shot at Hillary Clinton’s campaign when he said it wasn’t “appropriate” for operatives to have sought ‘dirt’ on then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump using Ukrainian government sources.
“It wouldn’t be appropriate for the Democrats to get help from the Ukrainian government,” Schiff, whose committee is investigating Russian election meddling, said. “It would be problematic to get any kind of support from a foreign government.”
As reported by Fox News:
The White House and Trump allies in recent days have pointed to a reported meeting last year between a Democratic National Committee consultant and officials at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington. They spoke amid recent revelations about Trump campaign officials accepting a meeting in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer, on the possibility of potentially damaging information on Clinton.
“If you are looking for an example of a campaign coordinating with a foreign country or a foreign source, look no further than the DNC, which actually coordinated opposition research with the Ukrainian Embassy,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday. “This is not an accusation. That is an on-the-record action that they took.”
The DNC would have, of course, been helping Clinton.
Sanders was referring to a meeting that Politico first reported in January. The report cited a meeting between Ukrainian government officials who allegedly tried to help Clinton undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office and shared research and damaging information on Trump and his advisers with Clinton allies.
The Politico investigation exposed that a Ukrainian-American DNC operative — Alexandra Chalupa, who worked in the Clinton White House — met with officials in the Ukrainian Embassy to expose ties between Trump’s then-top campaign official Paul Manafort and Russia.
Manafort later resigned.
As for Schiff, while he was critical of the DNC/Ukrainian effort, he said it didn’t compare to the level of Russian interference.
That may well be true — though there hasn’t been any evidence leaked or otherwise publicly presented that indicates as much, other than what some in the intelligence community appear to have concluded. But even at that, there is also no evidence of the “Russia colluded with Trump to steal the election from Clinton” narrative, either — and after all that’s been leaked, if there had been evidence, we’d have seen it by now.
It would be nice if Schiff and Democrats would finally admit that as well.