Adam Schiff, the Democratic head of the investigation against the president of the United States, Donald Trump, sought in his youth the glory of Hollywood, but as a prosecutor he has created a thriller script.
His youth aspirations did not get anywhere, but Schiff is now about to hit the small screen starring in his own legal process: the political trial against the president.
As chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives, Schiff on Wednesday will give the hammer of the first public hearing to determine whether Trump violated his oath of office and the law by seeking help from Ukraine for his 2020 reelection campaign.RELATED
Apparently, few would choose 59-year-old Schiff as the hound of the Democrats to take down the Republican leader, who fights with nails and teeth to save his presidency.
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The Californian congressman who represents the center of the Hollywood-Burbank entertainment industry looks more like a paragraph or an elementary school principal. He never raises his voice, and is rarely lost in hyperbole.
That made his outrage at the news of Trump's negotiations with Ukraine in September even more shocking.
The request for a "favor" that Trump did in July to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, reflects "a typical scam of a gangster type to a foreign leader," Schiff said.
"This is how a mob boss speaks: 'What have you done for us?" Https://www.viveusa.mx/ ".
Trump has responded that Schiff fabricated words, and now he does not lose the opportunity to label him, without any proof, as a "corrupt politician."
"Shifty (miserable) Schiff is a doubly corrupt politician," Trump said Friday, calling the procedure of his political trial a "scam" and a "witch hunt."
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Who is Schiff, the Democrat who seeks to defeat Trump?
As calm as it looks, Schiff has proven to be a concentrated and tough researcher like a bulldog. He is a fit cyclist who at 50 completed a triathlon.
The Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, chose him, instead of Jerry Nadler, president of the Judiciary Committee, to lead the impeachment process.
Schiff is "logical, linear, measured but blunt," said Pelosi.
His method was forged in the late 1980s, when Schiff had not long since left Harvard Law School and prosecuted the first FBI agent jailed for spying for Moscow.
"I learned a lot about Russian trade: how the Russians operate, who they are targeting, the vulnerabilities they are looking for," he told Zach Dorfman earlier this year, of the Cyber and Technology program at the Aspen Institute.
That background led him to the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives, which has investigated in recent years how the Russians helped the 2016 election campaign.
The US ambassador to the European Union said the Trump administration retained security assistance to Ukraine for partisan purposes
Schiff carries the "impeachment" as a banner
Schiff has taken care of the "impeachment" too seriously, showing limited patience towards the efforts of fellow Republicans to turn the process into a political spectacle.
The transcripts of the testimony that the committee obtained behind closed doors in October show it with a firm hand, while the Republicans try to discredit the witnesses and change the subject.
That will only intensify under the lens of the audience on national television.
But, having resisted the political trial for months, Schiff claims the evidence is strong, much more than just a phone call on July 25 asking Zelensky for a favor.
At the next hearings, he wrote this week in USA Today, "Americans will hear directly from dedicated public officials and patriots how they realized that the US foreign policy had been subverted for the benefit of the president's personal political interests."
"Although the mood may go up, and for some it might be irresistible the temptation to turn this solemn process into a political circus, I hope that all members of Congress and the public will focus on the facts and substance of the testimony, not on politics or partisanship. "
Graphic. The impeachment process in the US