Report: Schiff publicly praised doctor facing sex charges involving minor

November 19, 2019

A decade ago, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) warmly praised a speaker at a healthcare-themed town hall event, and looking back, he probably regrets doing that, given the scandalous legal trouble in which that individual now finds himself, as the Washington Examiner reports.

Schiff said at the time that it gave him “great pleasure to introduce our moderator this evening, a wonderful doctor and a very brave moderator, and that is my friend, Dr. Bruce Hensel.”

However, it’s now alleged that Schiff’s “friend” and “wonderful doctor” is in fact a sexual predator.

Glowing introduction

During the appearance in Alhambra, California, the now-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee referred to Hensel as “one of the preeminent medical and science journalists in the country. He’s published two books and has won numerous Emmys and Golden Mikes for his work on NBC TV and ABC TV radio.”

“Perhaps even more significantly,” Schiff continued, “he writes and produces much of his own TV and radio material, and is one of the only such medical experts to be a practicing physician and teacher.”

“He is board-certified in two specialities — emergency medicine and internal medicine — and is a full-time professor of medicine at UCLA. I don’t know how you find time to do all of this. He’s an award-winning filmmaker and continues to take medical shifts. And he’s dedicated his life to empowering people with information to get and stay healthy.”

“So, please join me in welcoming Dr. Bruce Hensel,” Schiff concluded. Watch below:

Damning allegations

Prosecutors accuse Hensel of requesting pictures from the nine-year-old daughter of an acquaintance through an online messaging app this past August. According to the Los Angeles Times, Hensel’s home was searched on Oct. 16, and he was arrested last week.

Hensel’s lawyer was quoted by NBC4 in Los Angeles as saying, “We are cooperating fully with the authorities and we are looking forward to a speedy and complete exoneration.”

If convicted on the felony count of contecting a minor for sexual purposes with which he was charged, Hensel faces up to 18 months behind bars.

Hensel isn’t the only accused predator to whom Schiff has ties. Two months ago, wealthy California businessman and gay rights activist Ed Buck was charged in the overdose deaths of two African American men whom he allegedly lured to his home and injected with drugs.

For years, Buck was a major donor to high profile Democrats on local, state and national levels, including Schiff.

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Adam Peters

Adam Peters is a Conservative Institute staff writer.