House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff may be relentlessly pursuing impeachment, but he has not always been this way.
According to a report from the Daily Caller, Schiff initially entered Congress with an anti-impeachment platform—back when Republicans sought to impeach former President Clinton.
Schiff, a 10-term congressman, first won a seat in Congress in 2000 when he defeated Republican congressman James Rogan. Rogan, at the time, took a hardened stance in support of impeaching Clinton.
From the report:
“Impeachment as a political issue has all but disappeared from America’s political radar in this election, with even Al Gore refusing to make the partisan death match of 1998 and 1999 a campaign issue in the year 2000. But here, in California’s 27th District, Rogan’s battle with Democratic state Sen. Adam Schiff seems the last bloody battle of the impeachment war,” Anthony York recounted in an October 2000 Salon article.
Schiff “used impeachment as a fundraising tool,” York noted in the article, which the Daily Caller News Foundation reviewed using research service LexisNexis.
“Schiff’s campaign literature hammers away on Rogan’s role in the impeachment proceedings,” The Washington Post noted in a May 2000 article. Schiff argued in one fundraising missive that “in the partisan impeachment hearings that polarized our nation for so long, the right-wing Rogan stood out,” The San Diego Tribune reported that same month in an article reviewed by the DCNF using Lexis.
“The district simply has not been a priority for him. He has been more engaged in national partisan ideological crusades than in issues important to the district,” Schiff told the Los Angeles Times in January 2000, apparently referring to impeachment.
In a tweet on Saturday morning, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called Schiff out over the apparent shift.
“You can’t make this up,” McDaniel tweeted. “Schiff first ran for Congress on an anti-impeachment platform, decrying ‘national partisan ideological crusades [over] issues important to the district.'”
“What a hypocrite!” she added.
You can't make this up:
Schiff first ran for Congress on an anti-impeachment platform, decrying "national partisan ideological crusades [over] issues important to the district."
What a hypocrite!https://t.co/DnGmIZLXi1
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 23, 2019