Tuesday’s January 6th Committee public hearing was essentially wall to wall bad news for Donald Trump and several of his allies, as even more evidence of their guilt was laid out. But arguably, the biggest news of all came when committee member Adam Schiff said something that we weren’t quite expecting to hear.
Adam Schiff is fierce, direct, and fears no one. Whenever he’s felt in the past that the DOJ or anyone else was on the wrong course, he’s publicly said so, in no uncertain terms. But on Tuesday, after the latest mountain of incriminating evidence was mapped out for all to see, Schiff said this about Donald Trump: “Whether his actions were criminal will ultimately be for others to decide.”
The defeatists and the doomsday pundits are naturally insisting that Schiff was pulling his punches, as if he were some kind of coward. But as always, these types are interpreting words and events in entirely the wrong way. Schiff is as fierce as they come.
Given what we know about Adam Schiff’s steadfast nature, if he feels the DOJ needs to be convinced to charge and prosecute Donald Trump, he’ll be sure to drive that point home during this process. But if Schiff does stick with the narrative that it’s up to the DOJ to decide Trump’s guilt, he’d only be doing so if he expects the DOJ will prosecute Trump, and thus sees no reason to risk making that prosecution look partisan by publicly calling for it to happen. Let’s give Schiff some credit here. He’s the last person who’s going to just let Trump off the hook.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report