Donald Trump enemy Adam Schiff is pushing to become California’s attorney general after Xavier Becerra was nominated to join Joe Biden’s cabinet
- Secretary of State Alex Padilla was given Kamala Harris’ Senate seat
- Becerra gave up AG job and was nominated to run HHS Department
- Schiff had been a contender for appointment to fill Harris seat
- He could run for the Senate in 2024 if Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 87, retires
- Trump regularly attacked him as ‘shifty Schiff’ on Twitter
Schiff built a national profile during committee hearings before Trump’s impeachment, drawing regular Twitter attacks from Trump online, then serving as a House impeachment manager during the Senate trial.
Now, the Democratic lawyer who represents a Los Angeles-based district is making a pitch to be appointed to become the state’s top law enforcement officer, after the nomination of Xavier Becerra run the Department of Health and Human Services.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is lobbying to be appointed attorney general in California, a post that could also position him for a future statewide run for Senate
Schiff has been taking his lobbying campaign to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Axios reported, in a move that would provide Schiff with statewide office and potentially position him to run for the Senate in 2024.
Recent events have put Newsom in the role of kingmaker even as his own political fortunes suffer amid coronavirus measures in his state. He is now facing a potential recall.
He is under fire for lifting a stay-home order and for the state’s rocky rollout of vaccine distribution. A new Public Policy Institute of California still had his approval at 54 per cent, but down from 65 per cent in May.
President Donald Trump regularly attacked Schiff at his own rallies and branded him ‘shifty Schiff’
Schiff served as a House manager during Trump’s first impeachment
Senator Alex Padilla of California was appointed to fill Sen. Kamala Harris’ seat
Joe Biden nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services
California Gov. Gavin Newsom faces his own political problems – but got to fill a Senate vacancy and now is being lobbied to fill the state’s attorney general post
Schiff supporters had also been pitching him as a potential appointee to the Senate when Newsom was preparing to fill the vacancy that would eventually be created by former Sen. Kamala Harris being elected vice president.
Schiff has been a regular presences on cable television and network talk shows since the Trump presidency elevated his committee post amid the Russia probe and impeachment. It earned him regular attacks and a monicker – ‘shifty Schiff’ – from President Trump, whose disdain could be an asset in heavily Democratic California.
He earned high marks from Democrats and even some Republicans for some of his slashing lines ripping Trump’s conduct in an infamous call to the president of Ukraine. But he also became a lightning rod and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not name him as a manager for the second impeachment.
Trump’s lawyers repeatedly mentioned Schiff in their own legal arguments during last year’s impeachment, blasting him for running an ‘unheard of procedure that denied the president any semblance of fair process’ during his own hearings that were a prelude to impeachment.
The AG post came open with the Becerra nomination. Newsom tapped another top official, former secretary of state Alex Padilla, to fill Harris’ seat in the Senate.
The position would allow Schiff to expand his profile statewide as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 87, decides whether to seek reelection. She was recently forced to stop back from her role atop the Judiciary Committee after rankling the party’s left flank with her handling of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.