“The View” confronts Adam Schiff over Steele’s discredited dossier, leaving him groping


Tuesday, Democrat MP Adam Schiff got heavy focus on all places, “The View” for its story of promoting the discredited Steele Dossier at the center of the “Russian Collusion” scandal.

In recent weeks, several people associated with the dossier have been indicted or arrested by Special Adviser John Durham as part of his investigation into RussiaGate.

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Ortagus To Schiff: ‘Do you have any thoughts on your role in promoting this to the American people?’

Much of the focus on Schiff came from guest presenter Morgan Ortagus, who served as a State Department spokesperson during the Trump administration. Ortagus prodded Schiff for his support for the dossier, which included reading part of it in the minutes of Congress.

Ortagus’s interrogation comes in the wake of the fact that former MI6 agent and Christopher Steele’s main source for the dossier, Igor Danchenko, are indicted in the Durham investigation on suspicion of lying to federal officials.

A Clinton campaign attorney, Michael Sussmann, was also indicted as part of the Durham investigation on suspicion of lying to an FBI attorney about how involved Team Hillary may have been involved in the origins of the case.

Ortagus asked Schiff, “We know that the main source of the dossier was indicted by the FBI for lying about most of the key statements in that dossier. Do you have any thoughts on your role in promoting this to the American people?”

Schiff did his best to unload the blame, replying, “Anyone who lied to the FBI or Christopher Steele should be prosecuted, and they are.”

Then Schiff immediately went back to criticizing Trump, ignoring his over-promotion of the Steele Dossier.

“Unlike the Trump administration, if they are convicted, they should go to jail and not be pardoned,” Schiff said. “So Donald Trump forgave Roger Stone for lying. He forgave Michael Flynn for lying. “

Ortagus To Schiff: “For years you may have helped spread Russian disinformation by promoting it”

“If people lied to the FBI, they should go to jail, but at the start of the investigation into Russia, I said any allegations needed to be investigated,” Schiff continued.

“We couldn’t have known, for example, that people were lying to Christopher Steele. So it was right to investigate them, and let’s not forget what we learned in that investigation. We learned that Trump’s campaign president Paul Manafort was providing internal poll data, campaign poll data to Russian intelligence while Russian intelligence was aiding Trump’s campaign. “

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Ortagus fired back: “He was fired in the middle of the campaign,” referring to Manafot.

Ortagus said: “You may have helped spread Russian disinformation for years by promoting it.”

“I think this is what Republicans and the people who gave you the chairmanship of the intelligence committee are so confused about your guilt in this,” Ortagus accused.

Schiff came to his defense, arguing that he was really just trying to get to the bottom of things:

“I completely disagree with your premise. It is one thing to say that the allegations should be investigated, and they were. It’s another to say that we should have predicted in advance that some people were lying to Christopher Steele, which is obviously impossible to do, “Schiff said.

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