When Democrats officially took control of the House of Representatives in January, one of Donald Trump’s worst nightmares came true: His personal toady, Devin Nunes (R-CA), was replaced as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee by Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Schiff is a former assistant U.S. Attorney, and a strong believer that the rule of law applies to everyone, including the most powerful person in the country, the president.
On Tuesday, Schiff’s office confirmed that he’s hired a very important new member to join his investigative team:
“[Schiff] hired a veteran prosecutor with experience fighting Russian organized crime to lead his investigation of the Trump Administration. Last month, according to a committee source, Daniel Goldman, who served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2007 to 2017, joined the committee’s staff as a senior adviser and the director of investigations.”
Goldman has some very specific qualifications for the job:
“As deputy chief of the organized-crime section of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office, Goldman supervised the prosecution of more than thirty defendants accused of racketeering, gambling, and money laundering. During his decade in the office, Goldman convicted individuals associated with Russian organized crime of securities fraud and health-care fraud, and convicted leading figures in the Genovese crime family of racketeering and murder.”
So no matter what the upcoming report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller does or doesn’t say regarding connections between Trump and Russia, Schiff clearly thinks that’s a rich vein that will be explored in great detail by his committee and then shared with others, such as the House Judiciary Committee, which has the responsibility for drawing up articles of impeachment.
Adam Schiff is not playing games. He’s going to follow the evidence where it leads and let that determine what happens to Trump. But the fact that Schiff’s committee now has a man who has prosecuted gangsters and the Russian mafia is extremely bad news for a president with numerous connections to Russia.
In other words, it’s game, set, and match for Adam Schiff, and there’s now a very real chance that Trump is going to be impeached and removed from office.