Trump Demands Adam Schiff Resigns for Using Fake Quotes at Committee Hearing
House Intelligence Committee Chairman slammed by president
President Donald Trump has called for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to resign after the Democrat read out fabricated quotes from the president's phone call with the Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.
Trump tweeted Friday;
“Rep. Adam Schiff fraudulently read to Congress, with millions of people watching, a version of my conversation with the President of Ukraine that doesn’t exist."
"He was supposedly reading the exact transcribed version of the call, but he completely changed the words to make it sound horrible, and made me sound guilty."
“Adam Schiff, therefore, lied to Congress and attempted to defraud the American Public. He has been doing this for two years. I am calling for him to resign from Congress based on this fraud immediately!” Trump said.
Schiff faced backlash from republicans after he read an altered version of Trump’s call with Zelensky during a hearing with acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.
Anti-Trump California Democrat Schiff read a portion of a transcript from the now-infamous telephone conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Instead of using the actual words from the transcript, Schiff made up fake quotes claiming they were "the essence" of what President Trump "communicates."
...sound horrible, and me sound guilty. HE WAS DESPERATE AND HE GOT CAUGHT. Adam Schiff therefore lied to Congress and attempted to defraud the American Public. He has been doing this for two years. I am calling for him to immediately resign from Congress based on this fraud!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
Rep. Adam Schiff totally made up my conversation with Ukraine President and read it to Congress and Millions. He must resign and be investigated. He has been doing this for two years. He is a sick man!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
Despite the congressmen largely fabricating the president’s words, he read them out as though they were from the actual transcript.
Schiff then said his summary was 'partly parody.'
“My summary of the president’s call was meant to be at least partly parody. The fact that that’s not clear is a separate problem in and of itself," he said.
"Of course, the president never said, ‘If you don’t understand me, I’m going to say it seven more times.’ My point is, that’s the message that the Ukraine president was receiving in not so many words."
A former CIA official suggested the whistleblower's complaint had a lot in common with a tweet from Schiff, who is also chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
In an op-ed piece for The New York Post, Fred Fleitz wrote:
“This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members or staff."
He also says the whistleblower’s complaint, which was made public on Thursday, “appears to be written by a law professor.”