Adam Schiff shuts down the conservative ‘View’ guest host

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The parade of conservative guest hosts audition for replace Meghan McCain continued this week The view. And this time yet another former official in the Trump administration took her turn, tried and failed to score gotcha points against the guest of the show, in this case the representative Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Schiff, who was there to promote his new book Midnight in Washington: How we almost lost our democracy and still could, asked primarily friendly questions from the show’s four left-wing co-hosts before Morgan Ortagus, former spokesman for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and one one-time contributor to Fox News, jumped in to speak from an alternative reality.

“I want to ask you something that is very much in the news right now,” Ortagus said. But instead of focusing on the issues DC is currently facing, Ortagus decided to try grilling Schiff about his role in “promoting” Steele dossier. “We know the main source last week was indicted for lying about most of the main allegations in that case,” she said. “Do you have any thoughts on your role in promoting this to the American people?”

“Well, first of all, the one who lied to the FBI or lied to Christopher Steele should be prosecuted, and they are,” Schiff began. “And unlike in the Trump administration, if convicted, they should go to jail and not be pardoned.” He went on to say that “we could not have known” that people were “lying” to Christopher Steele, so it was “correct to investigate” the allegations that Trump was compromised by the Russians.

“And let’s not forget what we learned in that study,” he continued. “We learned that the president of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort, provided internal poll data, campaign survey data to Russian intelligence, while Russian intelligence helped the Trump campaign.”

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Ortagus then accused Schiff of helping to “spread disinformation” about Trump. “That’s what the Republicans and the people who have trusted you as chairman of the Intel Committee are so confused about your guilt in all this,” she said.

“Well, I completely disagree with the premise,” Schiff shot back. “It is one thing to say that allegations must be investigated, and they were; It is another thing to say that we should have foreseen in advance that some people lied to Christopher Steele, which of course is impossible to do. But let’s not use it as a smokescreen to somehow shield Donald Trump’s guilt for inviting Russia to help him in the election, which they did, to try to force Ukraine to help him in the next election, which he did, to encourage a revolt, which he did. None of that is underrated, none of the serious misconduct is in any way diminished by the fact that people lied to Christopher Steele. “

“No, I just think that’s your credibility,” Ortagus replied, trying to score a round of applause.

“Well, I think there is doubt about the credibility of questioning,” Schiff said to loud applause from The view audience before co-host Sunny Hostin stepped in to ask him about Ortagus’ former colleagues who may have collaborated with the Capitol troublemakers.

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