House Conservative Calls to Censure Adam Schiff for Faking ‘Trump Quotes'
Rep. Andy Biggs introduced the resolution Friday after Trump called for Schiff to resign
The incoming House Freedom Caucus chairman has introduced a new measure to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for faking quotes from President Donald Trump's call with the Ukrainian leader.
Rep. Andy Biggs introduced the resolution Friday after Trump called for Schiff to resign.
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."
According to Bigg's statement:
“Democrats previously initiated an impeachment inquiry, which leads to one of the most serious, constitutional duties of Members of Congress: removal of the president of the United States."
“Through this process, if the President has committed high crimes or misdemeanors, Congress may overturn the election of the President and the will of the American people. It is therefore inexcusable to toy with the process and mislead the American public with such a statement.”
On Thursday, Democrat Schiff read a piece of a transcript from a 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."
Despite the congressmen largely fabricating the president’s words, he read them out as though they were from the actual transcript.
...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
Schiff told the committee’s witness, Acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, "This is the essence of what the president communicates," before proceeding to read "Trump's quotes" from "the transcript" of the Ukraine call:
"'We’ve been very good to your country, very good, no other country has done as much as we have, but you know what, I don’t see much reciprocity here."
"I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you, though."
"'And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good.'”
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.”