This Tuesday, the Trump administration abruptly blocked E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland from testifying to Congress about Trump’s campaign to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens that could be useful for Trump’s re-election campaign. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) responded bluntly to the development, denouncing the Trump team’s choice as yet another example of White House obstruction. The obstruction comes after similar efforts in the face of other probes reached such a fever pitch that the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation outlined almost a dozen instances of possible obstruction that they’d investigated.
Frequent Trump critic and CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted out a quote from Schiff’s remarks after Sondland was blocked:
‘Schiff on Sondland: “The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents, we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress.”’
The obstruction fits into a larger pattern. Just this Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted that Democrats were operating nothing but a “kangaroo court” in Congress, and that’s why he’d blocked Sondland from testifying.
As he put it:
‘[U]nfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see.’
Some time after that — and also after Schiff’s public “obstruction” comments — Trump added, seemingly as a direct response:
‘Hasn’t Adam Schiff been fully discredited by now? Do we have to continue listening to his lies?’
No, Schiff has not been discredited — an allegation that’s rich coming from a guy who has lied well over ten thousand times and counting since taking office. Trump has claimed that Schiff has been discredited because of oh-so-terrible things like him daring to paraphrase the president’s recorded remarks to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. We can all see the call record for ourselves, and the substance of the conversation is that Trump was seeking to have Zelensky investigate the Bidens, with the help of figures like Attorney General Bill Barr and Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani — plain and simple.
Even if they were present, no issues of personal credibility could detract from the evidence we all can see!
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