For Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, a spot on the special House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot is his latest prominent role in a high-profile congressional investigation of former President Donald J. Trump.
As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, he steered the 2019 impeachment inquiry into whether Mr. Trump abused his office by attempting to withhold aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Joseph R. Biden Jr., a rival for the presidency.
Mr. Schiff, a former prosecutor, went on to lead the Democratic case before the Senate as the lead impeachment manager for Mr. Trump’s first trial in 2020. And on Thursday, he will again play a prominent role walking Americans through a complicated series of events that led to a historic second impeachment after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in a bid to stop Congress’s official count to finalize the election.
On Thursday, Mr. Schiff said the committee hoped “to tell that story in a very coherent way,” using the evidence investigators have gathered to walk viewers and their colleagues through the events that preceded the violence at the Capitol, as well as on Jan. 6. He said his work this time around was less constrained than the impeachment trial, because witnesses were not allowed in that proceeding.
A strait-laced and reserved lawmaker, Mr. Schiff’s turns in the spotlight as a top investigator into the Trump administration have also made him a favorite foil for Republicans. If Republicans reclaim control of the House in November, he is expected to become one of their top targets as they launch their own investigations.
“What I’m most concerned about if the Republicans should ever get near the gavel is that they will overturn the next election if Trump loses again — they tried to overturn the last one,” Mr. Schiff said earlier this year, after the committee subpoenaed Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, and other Republicans as part of the investigation. He added, “that’s the far greater danger — they have proven themselves so recklessly irresponsible.”
Mr. Schiff was first elected to the House in 2000 after a few years in the California Senate, and began climbing the ranks of seniority. He has become a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, and accompanied her on a secret trip to Kyiv earlier this year.
Source: The New York Times