Days after US Attorney General William Barr announced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that after a nearly two-year investigation President Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians in the 2016 election, the administration began lashing out at its enemies, among them US Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).
“I’m more than used to attacks from my GOP colleagues and I would expect nothing less,” Schiff told CNN.
On Monday, the White House sent a memo to several news stations with the subject line “Credibility of Certain Guests,” recommending that TV producers not do business with “Democrat leaders and others lying to the American people by vigorously and repeatedly claiming there was evidence of collusion” in on-air appearances.
The blacklist includes Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Eric Swalwell, former CIA Director John Brennan, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Rep Jerry Nadler and DNC Chair Tom Perez.
Trump has been accused of lying 8.158 times since he took office two years ago, according to the Washington Post.
Trump’s representatives instructed TV producers that they should not give airtime to the above-mentioned people until they “provide the evidence which prompted them to make the wild claims in the first place.”
Despite claims by Trump that he would like to see the entire Mueller report released, so far the president has not renewed those calls. Although Mueller did say he found no evidence that anyone from the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the election, he stopped short of saying the president did not obstruct justice.
The Mueller investigation resulted in dozens of indictments for federal crimes and at least eight guilty pleas or convictions, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Trump campaign advisor Rick Gates.
Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone was indicted on seven charges.
“The Mueller investigation, like our own probe, began as a counterintelligence inquiry into whether individuals associated with the Trump campaign were compromised by a hostile foreign nation,” Schiff said in a prepared statement after the report was released. “By law, the evidence he has uncovered on all counterintelligence matters must now be shared with the House Intelligence Committee, whether it resulted in indictment or not.
“We will insist that the justice department meet its statutory obligations and be transparent with our committee and the public. Anything less would be negligent in the service of our national security.”