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Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could (edició 2021)

de Adam Schiff (Autor)

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Títol:Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could
Autors:Adam Schiff (Autor)
Informació:Random House (2021), 528 pages
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Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could de Adam Schiff

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This interesting political memoir by Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee gives us some information about Schiff's family history and early life, but the focus is on his Congressional career, and in particular the time of Trump. The House Intel Committee's investigation into Trump's Russian connections early in his presidency is detailed, and it is interesting for how it delineates how quickly bipartisanship on the committee disintegrated. Shortly after the investigation began, the ranking Republican member on the committee Devin Nunes went off the rails and basically became an advocate for Trump rather than an investigator. The abdication by Republican Congress people of their constitutional responsibilities and duties in favor of Trump cultism is for Schiff the tragedy of our time.

The bulk of the book deals with the first Trump impeachment for which Schiff was the lead investigator as well as the lead prosecutor. As a recovering attorney, I found this portion of the book to be fascinating, as it deals with all the ins and outs and aspects to be considered for the myriad of decisions regarding strategy and tactics for the Senate trial. How disappointing that the Republican Senators failed to take their responsibilities seriously, to the extent that they refused to allow even the hearing of any evidence or testimony.

One of the biggest mistakes Schiff believes that he has made as the chair of the intel committee was his decision to hold a public hearing with testimony from Robert Mueller. He thought that Mueller's testimony would clarify that the failure of the report to find a criminal conspiracy with Russia did not mean "no collusion," and that the failure to recommend prosecution for obstruction did not mean exoneration. Schiff hoped to correct the false narrative initiated and controlled by AG William Barr as he delayed the release of the report to the public for weeks while misrepresenting its conclusions and content. While Schiff does not come out and say it, Mueller's cognitive decline was on full display during his testimony. Schiff believes that this so emboldened Trump, that it was the very next day that Trump made his "perfect" phone call extorting the Ukrainian president.

Perhaps because he was not as involved in the second impeachment, the book does not cover this in as great of detail, although we are presented with some Schiff's experiences during the Big Lie, the January 6 insurrection and other events of the final days of the Trump presidency.

An important book to read.

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1 vota arubabookwoman | Dec 15, 2021 |
If Adam Schiff ever wishes to run for the Presidency, Midnight in Washington is an early step. As the book opens, Congressman Schiff lets us know who he is and where he came from. For me this was the most interesting part of the book. Most of the remainder of the book was a clearly and interestingly written reminder of the struggle to bring Donald Trump to account. Schiff defines in no uncertain terms the dangers to American democracy we now face, but he also affirms a believe that after midnight, dawn follows.
I have my doubts.
  RonWelton | Oct 25, 2021 |
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