Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz wants America to understand “.@RepAdamSchiff is a hypocrite.”
Gaetz highlighted that reality with a video that puts Schiff’s indignation about the conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into proper context.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 29, 2019
“Adam Schiff seems to have two standards – one for himself, and one for President Trump,” according to the video description.
The 54-second clip features both Schiff attacking the president over his conversation with Zelensky, as well as Schiff’s conversation with a caller he believed to be from the Ukrainian government last year.
That caller turned out to be Russian comedians Vladmir Kyzetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, who pranked the California congressman with scandalous misinformation about Trump last February.
“What we have seen in that call record is the president of the United States use the full weight of his office to manufacture dirt on his opponent and interfere in our election,” Schiff said last week.
Schiff and other Democrats accuse Trump of “illegally” seeking dirt on Biden, though Schiff’s recorded conversation with the Russian pranksters makes it clear he’s more than willing to get his own hands dirty.
“So, you have recordings of both Sobchak and Buzova where they’re discussing the compromising material on Mr. Trump?” Schiff asked the caller.
“Absolutely,” the Russian prankster said.
“Well, obviously we would welcome a chance to get copies of those recordings,” Schiff said.
Something else Schiff said, on ABC last week:
“It is illegal, improper, a violation of oath, a violation of his duty to defend our elections, our constitution, for the president to merely ask for foreign interference.”
Kyzetsov and Stolyarov sold Schiff on a wild conspiracy about “pictures of naked Trump” that Russian President Vladimir Putin was using to blackmail the president.
“And the materials that you can provide to the committee or to the FBI, would they corroborate this allegation?” Schiff asked during the prank call.
The Russian pranksters told Schiff that Trump’s people communicated through the Russian mafia in Brighton Beach using special code words: “Weather is good on Diribasovskaya, It rains again on Brighton Beach.”
Schiff eagerly followed along with the allegations and made arrangements for his office to contact the Ukrainians and collect secretly recorded conversations and other investigative materials the Russian pranksters claimed to have.
Schiff was unaware that the jokesters were describing the plot of a Russian-American comedy “Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya, It Rains Again On Brighton Beach,” a screwball comedy released in 1992.
“Anything else you wanted to add today?” Schiff asked the caller.
“Well, I hope that my information will be useful for you and your committee and I would also like to advise you when you or your colleagues will meet Mr. Trump I advise you to tell him first part of the password ‘The weather is good on Diribasovskaya’ and look how his face will change the color,” the prank caller said.
“So that, those passwords were used with Mr. Trump?” Schiff asked.
“Yes, correct,” the caller said.
“Ok, well thank you very much. We’ll be back in touch with you through our staff to make arrangements to obtain these materials for our committee, and for the FBI, and I appreciate you reaching out to us,” Schiff said.