'Flooding The Zone With Excrement': Schiff Explains Trump's Flynn Strategy
Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, explains that the Trump administration's real goal in spinning a befuddling narrative around Mike Flynn is in keeping with a political strategy of distraction as articulated by Steve Bannon. Aired on 5/22/2020.
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THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT TO FIGHT TRANSPARENCY TELLS YOU HOW MUCH CO-NFIDENCE THEY HAVE IN UNDER LYING MATERIALS. >> WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS PUBLIC STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO YOUR REQUEST FROM RICK GRENELL WHICH HE SEEMED TO INDICATE MAYBE THE TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE RELEASED OR SOMETHING WILL BE RELEASED? I MEAN, I REMEMBER SALLY YATES WHO WAS ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL AT THE TIME, ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO WENT UP TO CAPITOL HILL TO TELL THE WHITE HOUSE BY THE WAY, YOUR NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR IS IN A POSITION TO BE BLACKMAILED BY THE GOVERNMENT. HE’S LYING ABOUT HIS CONTACT WITH THEM AND THE RUSSIANS KNOW ABOUT IT AND THAT’S A BAD POSITION TO BE IN. YOU SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WHAT SHE SAID ABOUT THAT WARNING TO THE WHITE HOUSE WAS THAT FLYNN’S UNDERLYING CONDUCT WAS PROBLEMATIC. IT WAS NOT JUST THAT HE WAS LYING ABOUT IT BUT WHAT HE WAS LYING ABOUT, WHAT HE WAS ACTUALLY DOING WITH THE RUSSIANS WAS OF A CONCERN SEEMINGLY IN A COUNTER INTELLIGENCE SENSE. AND SO I -- THAT MAKES ME WANT TO KNOW WHAT MIKE FLYNN WAS DOING IN TERMS OF HIS UNDERLYING CONTEXT AND MAKES ME WANT TO KNOW WHAT HE WAS SAYING TO THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. DO YOU HAVE THE SENSE FROM RICK GRENE LERKS GRENELL OR ADMINISTRATION THE ACTUAL TRANSCRIPT OF WHAT FLYNN SAID MIGHT ULTIMATELY COME OUT. >> IT MIGHT COME OUT IF THEY FEEL COMPELLED DO SO. I THINK YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ABOUT THE CONCERN THAT SALLY YATES ARTICULATED. HERE YOU HAVE THE INCOMING NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR FOR THE UNITED STATES LYING TO THE VICE PRESIDENT ABOUT A CONVERSATION HE HAD WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR. THE VICE PRESIDENT MISLEADING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE RUSSIANS BECAUSE THEY’RE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PHONE CALL, THEY KNOW THAT HE’S LIED AND THEY CAN COMPROMISE HIM. THAT IS CLASSIC COUNTER INTELLIGENCE NIGHTMARE MATERIAL. SO YES, THERE WAS A PROFOUND REASON TO INTERVIEW FLYNN, WHICH IS WHY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ARGUING FOR THE DISMISSAL OF THE CASE IS DISINGENUOUS BUT WHERE RICK GRENELL IS COMING FROM, HERE IS THE PROBLEM WITH WHAT HE’S TRYING TO DO. HE DECLASSIFYIES THESE UNMASKING REQUESTS AND THERE IS AN UNPUBLISHED REPORT FLYNN’S NAME MAY NEVER HAVE BEEN MASKED TO BEGIN WITH. THAT REALLY BLOWS A BIG HOLE IN WHAT GRENELL IS TRYING TO DO WHICH IS ESTABLISH SOME THEORY THEY WERE TRYING TO UNMASK FLYNN SO THEY COULD, I DON’T KNOW, PERSECUTE FLYNN AND NOW THERE ARE PUBLIC REPORTS HE WASN’T EVEN MASKED TO BEGIN WITH IN THAT CALL WITH THE RUSSIANS. SO THIS IS THE PROBLEM I THINK SO THIS IS THE PROBLEM I THINK WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO WEAEVE AN ALTERNATE HISTORY. FACTS KEEP GETTING IN THE WAY. AT THE END OF THE DAY WHAT RICK GRENELL IS TRYING TO DO TRYING TO RUN ANY PARTISAN AGENCY IN MY LIFETIME, WHAT HE’S TRYING TO DO IS THE STEVE BANNON MODEL OF JUST LET FLOODING THE ZONE. THAT’S ESSENTIALLY WHAT RICK GRENELL IS TRYING TO DO AND BILL BARR IS TRYING TO DO AND THE COUNTER NARRATIVE IS TRYING TO DO AND THAT IS SO MUDDY THE WATERS THAT PEOPLE CAN’T BURY OUT THE TRUTH ANYMORE AND THERE IS NOTHING MORE DECEMBER SPRUKTS DEMOCRACY AS THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TRUTH ANYMORE. >> CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF OF THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, SIR, THANKS VERY MUCH FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT. I APOLOGIZE FOR JUST SORT OF DUMPING ON YOU MY SENSE THAT THIS IS JUST REALLY WEIRD AND I DON’T GET IT. THAT THE NOT USUALLY THE WAY I CONDUCT AN INTERVIEW. IN THIS CASE, I AM BAMBOOZLED BY THEIR BEHAVIOR BUT THEY MADE SENSE OF IT. >> YOU’RE SO RIGHT. IT HAS THAT ALICE IN WONDERLAND QUALITY OF GOING DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE. IT’S HARD TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND. >> EXACTLY. EXACTLY. FLOODING THE ZONE WITH EX