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The Washington Post is reporting that moderate House Democrats who are skittish as to what effect impeachment of Donald Trump might have on their political fortunes in next year’s elections have successfully asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi to assign Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) as the prevailing face of Trump’s impeachment.
This will take the immediate leadership out of the hands of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and put it in the hands of the chairman of House Intelligence Committee.
This is no knock on Nadler or his Judiciary Committee, per se.
However, since the earliest days of the Trump administration, even through the early years in the minority, Schiff developed a reputation less as a liberal partisan and more a level-headed investigator.
Schiff doggedly followed the Russian interference into the 2016 election, even as the chairman of House Intelligence at the time, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif), was more interested in working as a political ally for Trump.
Schiff has been a favorite interview on the cable news networks, specifically because he speaks so seriously on these subjects.
And Trump is very aware of Schiff, needling the lawmaker on Twitter with the moniker “Little Adam Schiff.”
But while other Trump opponents might be easily dismissed as angry partisans, not the 59-year-old Schiff.
He has the mien befitting someone who served a stint as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles before winning his House seat in 2000.
Perhaps one of Schiff’s colleagues on House Intelligence said it best: “There’s no better guy on the face of the planet to undertake this in an adultlike, intelligent, integrity-filled manner than Adam B. Schiff. Period, full stop,” said Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.).
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