Do you happen to recall the time that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer – desperate to make political hay out of a Supreme Court nomination his party couldn’t prevent – tried to tell the country that President Trump was under FBI investigation? The Democrat playbook of the last six months has been to throw so many lies and insinuations at the public that America simply loses track of them all. So by the time their lies are exposed AS lies, everyone will have moved on to the next big non-scandal.
But now that Schumer’s lie has been exposed, at least one Republican thinks we should go back and recall how the Senate’s top Democrat tried to mislead the American people. Sen. Chuck Grassley wants America to remember exactly what Cryin’ Chuck said in March:
“You can bet that if the show was on the other foot and a Democratic president was under investigation by the FBI,” said Schumer at the time, “that Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances. After all, they stopped a president who wasn’t under investigation from filling a seat with nearly a year left in his presidency.”
A powerful argument.
Except, of course, the president WASN’T under investigation.
Which, as Grassley pointed out, Schumer already knew when he made the remark.
On the Senate floor on Thursday, Grassley told his colleagues that FBI Director James Comey briefed both him and top Senate Judiciary Committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein on the Russia investigation. “This included telling us who was, and who was not, under investigation,” he said. “After that meeting, I publicly called for Mr. Comey to tell the public what he had told us about whether President Trump was under investigation. The public had a right to know. Mr. Comey told me and other Congressional leaders that President Trump was not under investigation. He even told the President himself – repeatedly. But, Mr. Comey didn’t listen to my request for transparency. He didn’t listen to the President’s request. Only months later has the truth finally come out.
“So the media was wrong,” Grassley continued. “So the Democrats were wrong. So the wild speculation and conspiracy theories ended up harming our country. They played right into Russia’s hands. And how did we all learn about this truth? In President Trump’s letter removing Mr. Comey from office.”
Grassley said that while he was disappointed in Comey’s refusal to set the record straight publicly, he was outraged at Schumer’s willingness to deliberately lie about the facts of the case. Because, Grassley said, he and Feinstein were not the only ones who were told that Trump wasn’t under investigation.
“Mr. Comey didn’t just tell the president Senator Feinstein and me that the president was not under investigation,” he said. “He had also told the gang of eight. Of course, the gang of eight includes Senate Minority Leader Senator Schumer. But even after Mr. Comey told the gang of eight that the president was not under investigation, the minority leader told the media that the president was under investigation and of course that further help feed media storm– Hysteria. He knew it wasn’t true. So media hysteria and baseless political attacks filled the vacuum left by Mr. Comey’s failure to inform the public to be transparent to be accountable.”
Grassley made his speech in defense of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom he believes is being smeared publicly in much the same way. And the brunt of his criticism was pointed at FBI officials who refuse to be upfront with the American people. This is perhaps to be expected; it’s a matter of decorum that senators go light on their colleagues across the aisle.
But for the rest of us, there are no such rules of decorum, and it’s within our privilege to call Schumer what he is: A bald-faced liar.
Now let’s keep that in mind the next time he drums up the crocodile tears and asks us to believe him.