Rep. Adam Schiff contributing to book about Jan. 6 attack

US Rep. Adam Schiff of California is not done talking about the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Random House announced Wednesday that Schiff (D-Burbank), a member of the committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021, is writing a foreword for its upcoming book, January 6 Report: The Findings of the Select Committee to Investigate. will write the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.”

According to a press release, the book is “the official account of the investigation into the attack — perhaps the most important congressional investigation in American history — with exhibits, testimony and an exclusive foreword by Congressman Adam Schiff — offering critical insight into this harrowing chapter in American history.” .”

Schiff will not be compensated for his contribution, the press release said.

In the past, published reports of federal investigations have performed well on the bestseller charts. Attorney Kenneth Starr’s criminal investigation into Bill Clinton, which led to the 1999 Senate impeachment trial of the then President (he was acquitted), was published as The Starr Report and became a worldwide bestseller.

And in 2019, The Mueller Report, which documented attorney Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, also became a bestseller and spawned several books about it.

In 2021, Schiff released his memoir, Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could, which focuses not on former President Trump’s attempts to void the 2020 election but on the responsibilities of members of Congress at the attack. The book won the LA Times Book Prize in the Current Interest category last year.

“Donald Trump would not have been able to do the damage he has done to our country had he not had so many willing supporters in the United States Congress,” Schiff said at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April.

“I wanted to ask, ‘How come people let themselves be used so badly?'” he added. “A lot of these people were my colleagues, and some of them were people I admired and respected because I think they believed what they were talking about. Turns out they didn’t care.”

At the event, Schiff singled out Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy of California for empowering Trump and pointed to audio showing that when asked how Trump should handle the post-election attack, he was upside down.

The January 6 investigation was largely boycotted by members of the Republican Congress, with only Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger crossing party lines to attend the committee.

In 2019, Schiff led the first impeachment trial against Trump as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for withholding military aid and a White House meeting from Ukraine while pressuring that country’s leadership to announce an investigation into then-former Vice President Joe Biden.

“Is there one among you that will say, ‘Enough’?” Schiff asked GOP senators during the 2020 Senate impeachment trial.

He said that anyone who did not vote to convict Trump will see his name “tied to his with a steel cord for the whole story.”

“A man without character or an ethical compass will never find his way,” added Schiff. “You are decent. He’s not who you are.”

Although Schiff did not cite the charges related to Trump’s second impeachment, he said the riot in the Capitol was “an impeachment trial in broad daylight and witnessed by the whole country.”

He said the lightning-fast impeachment was “needed by the urgency of the circumstances and was also made possible by the nature of the crime.”

The Senate voted against a conviction at the end of both impeachment trials against Trump.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2022-09-21/rep-adam-schiff-book-attack Rep. Adam Schiff contributing to book about Jan. 6 attack

Sarah Ridley

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