A noteworthy story surfaced earlier today. From The Federalist:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is once again assisting and amplifying a foreign influence operation meant to divide Congress and the American people, multiple lawmakers said on Wednesday. Schiff’s latest antic was calling a surprise hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) to vote on making Schiff’s classified allegations against congressional Republicans available for review to the entire House of Representatives. The vote passed on party lines.
At issue is a packet of information that was allegedly sent to several Republicans by Ukrainian politician Andriy Derkach. Derkach, who graduated from the academy that trains Russian intelligence agents, revealed to Politico last week that his goal was to “creat[e] an inter-parliamentary association called ‘Friends of Ukraine STOP Corruption.’” In addition to forwarding his packages to several Republican lawmakers, Derkach said he sent the same materials to several Democrats as well.
“They always want to compare this to 2016, but they’re the ones who conspired with Russians to interfere in the 2016 election, and they’re doing it again,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the top Republican on HPSCI, told Wednesday in response to Schiff’s latest collusion gambit. “This craziness does nothing but benefit Moscow.”
Plus he added, “What the Russians do all over the globe is try to sow discord in any country they can. But Putin doesn’t even have to do anything here, because these idiots do it themselves for him. They keep chasing Russian ghosts, when they’re the ones who were behind the whole effort in 2016 to falsely accuse Trump of collusion.”
GOP Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah argued, “If Maduro in Venezuela or the mullahs in Iran supported Trump, do they really think saying that publicly would help him? And the same is true of Putin. Creating the impression that he wanted to help Trump would do the exact opposite, and yet this is what Democrats want the American people to believe.”
HPSCI member Dr. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) expressed, “Whether he knows it or not, Adam Schiff is Vladimir Putin’s marionette right now. Everything he’s doing is dividing us as Americans. Maybe Schiff knows he’s a puppet of Putin and that’s why he does this, or maybe he just can’t see the effects of his actions.”
And claimed, “There’s so much irony here when you consider that it’s the Democrats who colluded with Russians in 2016. Let’s not forget the episode of Schiff trying to acquire nude pictures of Donald Trump from people he thought were Russians but were actually comedians.”