Tattered Cover is pleased to welcome Representative Adam Schiff (California) to our Colfax location on Saturday, January 15th at 7:00pm MT. He will be in conversation with Representative Jason Crow.
Representative Schiff will be discussing his book, Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could. This is a ticketed event.
About the Book
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.
About the Guest
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.
Important Event Information
Tickets to this event can only be purchased through Eventbrite. Each ticket will include a copy of the book. Copies may not be picked up early and will be provided the night of the event.
The following safety measures have been put in place for all events to ensure the safety of our staff, speakers, and customers:
- Masks for audience members are mandatory throughout the event
- No food or drink will be permitted into the event area
- Seats will be set up in groups of 2-4 and 6' in distance from other groups
- Social distancing of 6' with the speakers is required unless the speaker invites customers closer