Adam Schiff went on The View to promote his new book, Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could, thinking he was walking into a safe space. But it backfired when Morgan Ortagus, former spokesperson for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and rotating co-host, called out Schiff on live TV.
She accused Adam of spreading disinformation by pushing the Steele Dossier before literally questioning his credibility to his face. On live TV. He bumbled out an answer clearly not prepared for anything but softball questions from the View hosts. (See Video Below)
“I want to ask you about something that’s in the news a lot right now,” Ortagus started. “We know, last week, the main source was indicted for lying about most of the key claims in that dossier. Do you have any reflections on your role in promoting this to the American people?”
Adam said: “Well, first of all, whoever lied to the FBI or lied to Christopher Steele should be prosecuted, and they are.
“And unlike in the Trump administration, if they’re convicted, they should go to jail and not be pardoned.
“And let’s not forget what we learned in that investigation.
“We learned that the Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was giving internal polling data, campaign polling data to Russian intelligence while Russian intelligence was helping the Trump campaign.”
Ortagus jumped in and accused Schiff of helping to “spread disinformation” about Trump before she added, “That’s what Republicans and what people who entrusted you as the Intel Committee chair are so confused about your culpability in all of this.”
“Well, I completely disagree with the premise,” Schiff said. “It’s one thing to say that allegations should be investigated, and they were; it’s another to say that we should have foreseen in advance that some people were lying to Christopher Steele, which is impossible, of course, to do. But let’s not use that as a smoke screen to somehow shield Donald Trump’s culpability for inviting Russia to help him in the election, which they did, for trying to coerce Ukraine into helping him in the next election, which he did, into inciting an insurrection, which he did. None of that is undercut, none of that serious misconduct is in any way diminished by the fact that people lied to Christopher Steele.”
“No, I think just your credibility is,” Ortagus said leaving Adam tongue tied and bumbling,
“Well, I think the credibility to question is in doubt,” Schiff said.
Pressed by #TheView guest co-host @MorganOrtagus on the Steele dossier, @RepAdamSchiff responds: “It’s one thing to say allegations should be investigated…it’s another to say we should have foreseen in advance that some people were lying to Christopher Steele.” pic.twitter.com/8EgvKW0tgJ— The View (@TheView) November 9, 2021
.@RepAdamSchiff tells #TheView Rep. Paul Gosar "has no business being in Congress" after Gosar tweeted an altered anime video showing a violent attack against Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Pres. Biden: "They are repeatedly glorifying violence." https://t.co/MdV4O14qre pic.twitter.com/pRIAfqeyaT— The View (@TheView) November 9, 2021