The parade of conservative guest hosts auditioning to replace Meghan McCain continued this week on The View. And this time, but another former Trump administration official took her flip, making an attempt and failing to attain gotcha factors towards the present’s visitor, on this case Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Schiff, who was there to advertise his new guide Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could, fielding primarily pleasant questions from the present’s 4 left-leaning co-hosts earlier than Morgan Ortagus, former spokesperson for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a one-time contributor to Fox News, jumped in to talk from an alternate actuality.
“I wish to ask you about one thing that’s within the information so much proper now,” Ortagus mentioned. However as an alternative of specializing in the problems at present dealing with D.C., Ortagus determined to attempt to grill Schiff about his function in “selling” the Steele dossier. “We all know, final week, the principle supply was indicted for mendacity about many of the key claims in that file,” she mentioned. “Do you might have any reflections in your function in selling this to the American individuals?”
“Nicely, to start with, whoever lied to the FBI or lied to Christopher Steele needs to be prosecuted, and they’re,” Schiff started. “And in contrast to within the Trump administration, in the event that they’re convicted, they need to go to jail and never be pardoned.” He went on to say that “we couldn’t have identified” that individuals have been “mendacity” to Christopher Steele so it was “correct to analyze” the claims that Trump was compromised by the Russians.
“And let’s not overlook what we realized in that investigation,” he continued. “We realized that the Trump marketing campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was giving inner polling information, marketing campaign polling information to Russian intelligence whereas Russian intelligence was serving to the Trump marketing campaign.”
Ortagus then accused Schiff of serving to to “unfold disinformation” about Trump. “That’s what Republicans and what individuals who entrusted you because the Intel Committee chair are so confused about your culpability in all of this,” she mentioned.
“Nicely, I fully disagree with the premise,” Schiff shot again. “It’s one factor to say that allegations needs to be investigated, they usually have been; it’s one other to say that we should always have foreseen prematurely that some individuals have been mendacity to Christopher Steele, which is unimaginable, after all, to do. However let’s not use that as a smoke display screen to in some way protect Donald Trump’s culpability for inviting Russia to assist him within the election, which they did, for making an attempt to coerce Ukraine into serving to him within the subsequent election, which he did, into inciting an rebel, which he did. None of that’s undercut, none of that severe misconduct is in any manner diminished by the truth that individuals lied to Christopher Steele.”
“No, I believe simply your credibility is,” Ortagus responded, making an attempt to attain an applause line that fell flat.
“Nicely, I believe the credibility to query is doubtful,” Schiff mentioned to loud cheers from The View viewers earlier than co-host Sunny Hostin minimize in to ask him about Ortagus’ former colleagues who could have collaborated with the Capitol rioters.