When Donald Trump resorted to yelling around about “Little Adam Schiff” last week, it was the surest sign yet that Trump is running out of gas. Schiff and the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee were about to blow his Nunes memo scandal wide open, and not only was Trump unable to come up with a counterstrategy, he couldn’t even come up with an original insult. Now Schiff is firing back at him.
On Friday afternoon, Trump quietly announced that he won’t sign off on declassifying the rebuttal memo that Schiff and the Democrats wrote. That’s not a surprise, and as we’ve pointed out, Schiff has other ways of making the memo public. Trump is now reduced to posting dishonestly whiny tweets like this, seemingly afraid to even mention Schiff’s name: “The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!”
This led Adam Schiff to fire back: “Mr. President, what you call “political” are actually called facts, and your concern for sources and methods would be more convincing if you hadn’t decided to release the GOP memo (“100%”) before reading it and over the objections of the FBI.” Schiff also added “After ignoring urging of FBI & DOJ not to release misleading Nunes memo because it omits material facts, POTUS now expresses concerns over sharing precisely those facts with public and seeks to send it back to the same Majority that produced the flawed Nunes memo to begin with.”
We’re awarding the victory in this Twitter feud to Adam Schiff, both because he’s the only one in this feud who knows what he’s talking about, and because he managed to use facts instead of recycled insults. Little Adam Schiff? Little Marco Rubio? Liddle’ Bob Corker? really? Did Trump fall down and hit his head? In any case, the real winner here will be Schiff and the Democrats, once they figure out how to make their rebuttal memo public, and we expect that’s coming soon.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report