in conversation with Christine Pelosi
Midnight in Washington:
How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could
Fri., Oct. 15, 2021 • 7:00pm PT • Ticketed Event - $40
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
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From the congressman who led the first impeachment of Donald J. Trump, the vital inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour, and a warning that the forces of autocracy unleashed by Trump remain as potent as ever.
In the years leading up to the election of Donald Trump, Congressman Adam Schiff had already been sounding the alarm over the resurgence of autocracy around the world, and the threat this posed to the United States. But as he led the probe into Donald Trump’s Russia and Ukraine-related abuses of presidential power, Schiff came to the terrible conclusion that the principal threat to American democracy now came from within.
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 congressman chronicles step by step just how our democracy was put at such risk, and traces his own path to meeting the crisis—from serious prosecutor, to congressman with an expertise in national security and a reputation for bipartisanship, to liberal lightning rod, scourge of the right, and archenemy of a president. Schiff takes us inside his team of impeachment managers and their desperate defense of the constitution amid the rise of a distinctly American brand of autocracy.
Deepening our understanding of prominent public moments, Schiff reveals the private struggles, the internal conflicts, and the triumphs of courage that came with defending the republic against a lawless president—but also the slow surrender of people that he had worked with and admired to the dangerous immorality of a president engaged in an historic betrayal of his office. Schiff’s fight for democracy is one of the great dramas of our time, told by the man who became the president’s principal antagonist. It is a story that began with Trump but does not end with him, taking us through the disastrous culmination of the presidency and Schiff’s account of January 6, 2021, and how the anti-democratic forces Trump unleashed continue to define his party, making the future of democracy in America more uncertain than ever.
Adam Schiff is the United States Representative for California’s 28th Congressional District. In his role as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Schiff led the first impeachment of Donald J. Trump. Before he served in Congress, he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles and as a California State Senator. He and his wife, Eve, have two children, Alexa and Elijah.
Christine Pelosi is an attorney, author, and advocate serving as counsel for We Said Enough. She has worked as a Deputy City Attorney and Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco, special counsel to HUD in the Clinton-Gore administration, and chief of staff on Capitol Hill. Elected as California Democratic Party Women's Caucus Chair for 10 years, active in the National Federation of Democratic Women for 15 years, and serving as Democratic National Committee Executive Committeewoman since 2017, Christine cofounded the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council and serves as a vice chair. A member of the DNC Resolutions Committee since 2001, Christine has co-authored dozens of DNC policy statements embracing civil rights, voting rights, economic justice, women's equality, the Fight for 15, gun violence prevention, and veterans and military families.
Adam Schiff photo courtesy of the publisher; Christine Pelosi photo courtesy of the publisher