Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) — lead House manager in the impeachment trial, head of the House impeachment inquiry, and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee — clearly has a troubled relationship with the truth.
It looks like Schiff has, yet again, been caught misrepresenting basic facts to better fit his anti-Trump narrative, Politico reported.
Ahead of the start of the Senate impeachment trial, Schiff sent a letter to fellow House manager Jerry Nadler (D-NY) that included select text messages between Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and one of his associates, Lev Parnas, which Schiff purported to be evidence of an attempt to set up a meeting between Giuliani and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The text in question was part of a broader exchange that was largely redacted and read, from Parnas to Giuliani, “trying to get us mr Z,” which Schiff presumed to mean Zelensky.
In his letter to Nadler, Schiff, citing that specific text, stated as fact, “Mr. Parnas continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky.”
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However, Politico somehow obtained an unredacted version of the exchange of text messages — which have yet to be released by Schiff — and quite charitably noted that Schiff had “mischaracterized” the nature and subject of that particular message from Parnas to Giuliani.
As it turns out, based on a clear review of the context of the surrounding messages in the exchange, “Mr. Z” wasn’t President Zelensky at all, but rather was almost certainly a reference to a Ukrainian oligarch named Mykolas Zlochevsky, founder of Burisma Holdings, the corrupt Ukrainian energy firm that employed Hunter Biden on its board while Joe Biden was vice president and which sits at the very heart of the impeachment effort against President Trump.
Additional texts in the exchange, including a Word document detailing notes of an interview as well as a message from Parnas stating “mr Z answers my brother,” strongly infer that Parnas and Giuliani were discussing a meeting with Zlochevsky, not Zelensky.
In other words, either Schiff and his staff were grossly incompetent in assuming the “Mr. Z” was in reference to President Zelensky without doing due diligence to verify as much, or they deliberately lied about who “Mr. Z” actually was in the text exchange in order to bolster their narrative that Giuliani and Parnas were up to no good in Ukraine.
The Daily Caller noted that Giuliani has been upfront about the fact that he, with the help of Parnas and others, has been scouring Ukraine for evidence of alleged corruption involving the Bidens — which isn’t illegal — so evidence of a meeting and interview with the head of Burisma shouldn’t seem out of the ordinary at all.
As for Schiff’s “mischaracterization” of the text messages between Parnas and Giuliani, this is just the latest example of how he has played fast and loose with facts and the truth when it comes to President Trump and his associates.
Whether it be his claims of secret evidence proving Russian collusion, his alleged leaks to the media about the same subject, his disavowal of knowing the so-called “whistleblower” on Ukraine when it has been shown that his staff coordinated with that individual, or even his “parody” version of Trump’s July 2019 phone call with Zelensky, the only thing Schiff has proven is that he is untrustworthy and a liar.