House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has landed a deal with Penguin Random House to publish a book about former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment.
The book, titled “Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could,” is set to be published on Oct. 26.
According to a release shared with Politico, the California Democrat’s book will blame the Republican Party for what he describes as Trump’s ” destructive immorality” while in office.
“For all his cynicism and shrewdness, Trump could not have come so close to succeeding if his party had stood up to him, if good people hadn’t been silent, or worse, allowed themselves to become complicit,” Schiff says in the release.
“I wanted to relate the private struggles, the triumphs of courage, but more often, the slow surrender of people I worked with and admired to the shameful immorality of a president who could not be trusted.”
The congressman tweeted about the book Tuesday.
“I wanted to explain my journey from prosecutor to congressman with a reputation for bipartisanship, to liberal lightning rod, scourge of the right and archenemy of a president,” Schiff said.
“What it was like leading the impeachment of a president. And why our democracy became endangered.”
I wanted to explain my journey from prosecutor to congressman with a reputation for bipartisanship, to liberal lightning rod, scourge of the right and archenemy of a president.
What it was like leading the impeachment of a president.
And why our democracy became endangered.
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) April 27, 2021
That’s why I wrote “Midnight in Washington,” about why, even in our darkest hours, we must not lose hope.
We can reclaim our legacy as a champion of liberty. And we must.
It’s out on October 26, 2021, I hope you’ll consider preordering it and sharing it:https://t.co/HrWBW3TGxV
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) April 27, 2021
Schiff led the first impeachment of Trump, which stemmed from a whistleblower report about a July 25, 2019, phone call between the president and his Ukraine counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.
During the call, Trump allegedly pressured Zelensky to investigate allegations of corruption involving Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who was paid to serve on the board of the energy company Burisma Holdings while his father served as vice president.
According to a transcript of the call released by the White House, Trump mentioned to Zelensky that the elder Biden had intervened to stop a prosecutor from looking into the matter.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” he said. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it. … It sounds horrible to me.”
In 2018, Joe Biden recounted an official visit he took to Ukraine in March 2016 during which he pressured then-President Petro Poroshenko to fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin or not receive $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees.
Calls for Trump’s impeachment intensified after The Washington Post reported his call was linked to a decision to temporarily withhold about $400 million in aid to Ukraine.
During the impeachment inquiry, connections between Schiff and the whistleblower were threaded through the controversy.
It was revealed in October 2019 that the individual who alleged improper conduct during the call had contacted Schiff’s committee prior to filing his complaint.
Under Schiff’s leadership, the House impeached Trump for the first time in December 2019. He would be impeached a second time in January over his comments before the Capitol incursion.
“In ‘Midnight in Washington,’ Schiff argues that the Trump presidency has so weakened our institutions and compromised the Republican Party that the peril will last for years, requiring unprecedented vigilance against the growing and dangerous appeal of authoritarianism,” the book’s description reads.
RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway tweeted that the book should be “interesting” given the congressman’s actions during the impeachment effort.
Schiff ran a uniquely dishonest and non-tranparent impeachment process specifically designed to shut out legitimate questions about Biden family corruption, so this book should be interesting. https://t.co/ME1MKuJBb7 https://t.co/SZTNiCgGxR
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) April 27, 2021
“Schiff ran a uniquely dishonest and non-transparent impeachment process specifically designed to shut out legitimate questions about Biden family corruption, so this book should be interesting,” Hemingway tweeted.
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