GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik exposes Adam Schiff’s ‘abuse of power’ by reading his own words

November 16, 2019

One Republican congresswoman just exposed for all of the world to see the deception with which Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is running the impeachment inquiry.

During Friday’s public impeachment hearing in the House, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) demonstrated the “duplicity and just the abuse of power that we are continuing to see” by quoting Schiff’s own statements about the “whistleblower” from September.

A better use of time

The House Intelligence Committee heard the testimony of former Ukranian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on Friday, punctuated by tense disagreements between Schiff and Republicans over parliamentary procedure. After questioning Yovanovitch earlier about the corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma and lethal aid to Ukraine, Stefanik went straight for the impeachment circus ringmaster, Adam Schiff.

“Since the Chairman has gaveled out all of my colleagues with their unanimous consent (requests),” Stefanik said, “I am going to read for the record many of the chairman’s comments in September of the importance of hearing from the whistleblower.”

“Again, Ambassador, thank you for your patience, thank you for your service,” Stefanik added. “But since we haven’t been able to conduct ourselves in normal procedures, I’m just going to use the five minutes for this.”

Schiff exposed

Stefanik then quoted Schiff’s earlier statements as reported in various media outlets, all of which meant to highlight the fact that Schiff originally said that the so-called whistleblower would testify before Congress.

“September 29 in the Wall Street Journal: ‘The whistleblower at the center of the impeachment investigation of President Trump will testify in the House very soon.’ This is a quote by the chairman,” Stefanik said.

“USA Today September 29: ‘Talking with ABC News This Week, Schiff, the Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said the whistleblower would testify very soon and the only thing standing in the way was getting security clearances for the attorney representing the whistleblower so they could attend the testimony,” Stefanik said.

The congresswoman went on to read similar reports from Vox, CNN, the Washington Post, Huff Post, New York Post, and Washington Times. “These are all quotes from chairman Adam Schiff,” Stefanik emphasized. “I can keep going, but again, the chairman refused to allow us to put these into the record with unanimous consent, so I read those out.”


The change

As we know, Schiff has ultimately decided that it is no longer necessary for the whistleblower to testify, and Republicans are sure there is an obvious reason why — namely, that this individual’s account would not stand up to scrutiny. And, to show how fast things have changed in this short period, Republicans are now being chastised for asking for something that Schiff all but promised — the whistleblower’s testimony.

“We want to make sure whistleblowers are able to come forward,” Stefanik concluded. “But in this case, the fact that we are getting criticized by Chairman Adam Schiff for statements that he himself had made early on in this process shows the duplicity and just the abuse of power of that we are continuing to see.” Indeed, Rep. Stefanik.


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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut.