In case we ever forget to mention it again, John Solomon is a national treasure. An investigative reporter who publishes most of his best stuff at The Hill, Solomon is right up there with Sara Carter and Sharyl Attkisson when it comes to exposing the stories the mainstream media wants no part of.
He’s done it again this week, reporting on a terribly interesting encounter Rep. Adam Schiff – the new main in charge of the House Intelligence Committee – had with the founder of Fusion GPS last summer. And since Schiff is one of Washington’s biggest defenders when it comes to the phony Russian dossier that Fusion produced during the election, it is extremely important that investigators figure out what exact kind of relationship these two have.
From Solomon’s piece:
Photographs taken at the prestigious Aspen security conference last July show Schiff meeting at the event with Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, one of the key and most controversial figures in the Russia collusion scandal. Both men insisted to me through spokesmen that they met only briefly last July.
At the time of the encounter, Simpson was an important witness in the House Intelligence Committee probe who had given sworn testimony about alleged, but still unproven, collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
When confronted with the Aspen conference photos of Schiff, in sport coat and open-neck dress shirt, and Simpson, wearing casual attire, representatives for both men tried to minimize their discussion, insisting nothing substantive about the Russia case was discussed.
“In the summer of 2018, Mr. Simpson attended a media-sponsored social event where he exchanged small talk with Rep. Schiff and many other people who were in attendance,” Fusion GPS said in a statement to me. “The conversation between the two was brief and did not cover anything substantive. There has been no subsequent contact between Mr. Simpson and Rep. Schiff.”
But as Solomon points out, even if we were to accept that explanation at face value – which we certainly do not – Schiff must abide by his own standard of conduct.
“Schiff created a far higher standard two years ago when he demanded that his Republican counterpart on the committee, then-Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), be investigated for having meetings with national security council officials at the Trump White House without telling the committee,” Solomon writes. “Schiff’s attacks led Nunes to temporarily recuse himself from the Russia probe.”
Perhaps it’s time for Republicans to demand that Schiff follow that example and recuse himself from any matters relating to the 2016 election.