Adam Schiff’s star rises with impeachment hearings

As he made his closing argument for the impeachment of President Trump House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s voice began to rise.

“In my view, there is nothing more dangerous than an unethical president who believes they are above the law,” said Schiff, jabbing at the air with his forefinger for emphasis. “And I would just say to people watching here at home and around the world: In the words of my great colleague, ‘We are better than that!”

And when GOP questions appeared to go down a path that could out the whistleblower who prompted the impeachment inquiry, Schiff shut down that line of inquiry and warned Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and other witnesses not to say anything that could reveal the individual’s identity.

I think he’s a brilliant mind, I think he’s a thoughtful leader,” added Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), who serves alongside Schiff on the Intelligence panel. “I found myself looking to him for counsel and guidance, and I’ve even taken some cues from his style.

“Preparation is so critical, understanding the content, surrounding yourself with people who are smart so that you can learn from them — that strategy for Schiff has proven to be effective.”

“I think he’s a House person. The public sees him as in control, even keeled, doesn’t lose it. What he has done is marshal us all together, keep us all on this one track. He’s been pragmatic,” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a progressive leader who attends weekly chairman’s meetings with Schiff, told The Hill.

“Whatever position he was in,” Grijalva said, “he’s above it now.”

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