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In a Fox News op-ed by Johnathan Turley, he says Adam Schiff’s ‘Meet the Press’ interview may be final proof of the death of shame in American politics.
Turley notes that the famous philosopher Blaise Pascal once said that “the only shame is to have none.”
Adam Schiff stood by the false Russian collusion story despite the bombshell findings of Special Counsel John Durham.
Schiff insists that he was absolutely right to promote the discredited Steele dossier.
“I don’t regret saying that we should investigate claims of someone who, frankly, was a well-respected British intelligence officer,” Schiff explains.
“And we couldn’t have known, of course, years ago that we would learn years later that someone who is a primary source lied to him.”
“[Igor] Danchenko lied to Christopher Steele and then lied to the FBI. He should be prosecuted. He is being prosecuted.”
“And I’ll tell you this, if he’s convicted, he should not be pardoned the way Donald Trump pardoned people who lied to FBI agents, like Roger Stone and Mike Flynn,” Schiff continued.
“There ought to be the same standard in terms of prosecuting the liars. But I don’t think there ought to be any pardon, no matter which way the lies cut.”
In the end, millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted after a fake story was created by the corrupt Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016.
John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Russian hoax against Donald Trump has resulted in three people so far who have been arrested and face charges.
The Democrats and the Hillary campaign paid Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to find dirt on Trump.
The Left initiated an illegal and politically charged witch hunt against Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
This research was provided to the FBI. The research falsely claimed there were ties and collusion between Trump and Russia.
The FBI then applied for surveillance warrants against Trump and these warrants were issued.
Under the Obama administration, the U.S. government spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 campaign. The FBI specifically targeted Trump’s campaign aide George Papadopoulos.
The left-wing media is also guilty of pushing these lies against Trump. The anti-Trump media went to incredible lengths to support Democrats and wrongfully attack Trump.
Turley concludes via Fox News:
The Russian collusion scandal was not some harmless political ploy. Lives were destroyed. Carter Page, who was never charged with a single crime, was labeled a Russian agent and pilloried across networks and print media. A fortune was spent on investigations by Congress, two special counsels, and inspectors general investigations. Hundreds of people faced questioning and many spent their savings on legal representation. A presidency was derailed, agencies like the Justice Department and the FBI were whiplashed by scandal, and Congress dropped a myriad of other issues to focus on various investigations.
In the wake of those costs, Schiff offers little more than a shrug.
Many have long marveled at the incapacity for shame in politicians. That missing emotion was most famously captured by lawyer Joseph Welch in the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954: “Have you no shame, sir, at long last? Have you no shame?”
The answer is that we now live in a post-shame era where the only shame is yielding to the impulses of decency or decorum. The Russian collusion scandal served its purpose and Adam Schiff would be the first say that there is no shame in that.