Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Meet The Press that he believes that Donald Trump lies or tells half truths as his way of doing business. A president who has no credibility is a president who can easily find themselves facing impeachment.
Transcript via Meet The Press:
Will Director Comey say that definitively tomorrow, do you expect?
REP. ADAM SCHIFF:
I expect that he will. And I hope that we can put an end to this wild goose chase because what the president said was just patently false. And the wrecking ball it created now has banged into our British allies and our German allies, it’s continuing to grow in terms of damage, and he needs to put an end to this.
I suspect what’s really at root here, Chuck, is this is just how the president does business. Now maybe this is the way he conducted his real estate business with half-truths and sometimes no-truths, and a lot of bluster. That, in my opinion, is no way to run a business. But it’s an even worse way to run a country.
It’s dangerous to us, it’s already alienating allies, and as George Will so correctly pointed out, when there is a crisis over North Korea or Iran or whatnot, and every president has one in their term, we need to be able to believe our president and he’s making it very, very difficult.
It wasn’t what Bill Clinton did as president that opened the door for Republicans to pursue impeachment against him. It was the lie that gave Republicans the opportunity to pursue impeachment.
As a general rule, presidents who lie as a course of doing business will get themselves into a major scandal at some point.
The reason why the impeachment talk is real is that as president, Donald Trump is speaking and behaving in a manner that is courting disaster.
A top member of the House Intelligence Committee said that the President Of The United States tells non-truths. With any other president, at any other time, this would be front page news. However, it is taken as a given by both the press and the American people that Donald Trump is a liar.
When one of Trump’s lies is proven to have harmed America, this administration is going to have a real problem.
Trump has no credibility, so if it is ever his word against a congressional investigation, this is a president who could be impeached.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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