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This morning, President Trump issued a call for “Corrupt politician” Adam Schiff to be investigated for fraud!
Trump called the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry – which House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff has a major role in leading – a “scam” and accused Schiff of releasing “doctored transcripts.”
President Trump also called for Schiff to testify on why he "MADE UP" a statement from the president and "read it to all," referring to Schiff's now-infamous retelling of Trump's phone call with Ukraininan President Zelensky - you know, the one where he baselessly framed President Trump as some sort of gangster to later claim it was only a "parody" - in front of Congress.
Here's what the president had to say on Twitter:
A few hours later, Trump followed up his accusations against Schiff with these tweets:
For a refresher on the fabricated phone that President Trump is referring to, here's the video of Schiff's totally made-up dramatization of the Trump-Ukraine:
What do you think?
Should Schiff be investigated for fraud?
The Washington Post has more to say about Trump's call to investigate Schiff and the latest details surrounding his call:
Democrats on Monday released the testimony of three Trump administration officials, two days before public hearings are set to begin in the House impeachment inquiry.
According to one, Laura Cooper, a senior defense official, told House impeachment investigators last month that the Pentagon sought clarification from the Trump administration on July 18 about the holdup of aid to Ukraine.
Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, said that at a July 23 meeting, the Office of Management and Budget told agencies that “the White House chief of staff has conveyed that the president has concerns about Ukraine and Ukraine security assistance.”
Transcripts of the testimony of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, two State Department Ukraine specialists, were also released Monday.
Hours earlier, President Trump lashed out anew at the investigation, claiming without any evidence that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) had doctored transcripts from closed-door depositions.
Democrats have chosen the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, William B. Taylor Jr., and the deputy assistant secretary of state responsible for Ukraine, George Kent, as their lead witnesses on Wednesday as they seek to build the case that Trump improperly pressed Ukraine for an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter at a time when U.S. military aid was being withheld.
The National Review also said this about Trump's call to investigate Schiff:
President Trump criticized “Shifty” Adam Schiff (D., Calif) on Twitter Monday for releasing “doctored transcripts” of testimonies from the impeachment inquiry, and called for the House Intelligence chairman to testify “as to why he MADE UP a statement” over Trump’s July 25th call with Ukraine.
Shifty Adam Schiff will only release doctored transcripts. We haven’t even seen the documents and are restricted from (get this) having a lawyer. Republicans should put out their own transcripts! Schiff must testify as to why he MADE UP a statement from me, and read it to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2019
The president has faced accusations that the White House transcript of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was edited to downplay his wrongdoing. On October 29, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman — the National Security Council’s top Ukrainian expert — testified that key words and phrases were omitted from the transcript of the call. Two days later, senior White House official Tim Morrison dismissed the claim.
Trump’s comments come as public hearings on impeachment are scheduled to begin this Wednesday. Over the weekend, Schiff rejected a Republican request for witnesses that included Hunter Biden, Devon Archer, former Fusion-GPS contractor Nellie Ohr, former DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa, and the alleged whistleblower.
“The whistleblower’s testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary. In light of the President’s threats, the individual’s appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk,” Schiff wrote in a letter to Representative Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee
The Daily Caller added more background to the president's tweets:
House Democrats have slowly been releasing transcripts from the closed door depositions conducted before the official vote to open an impeachment inquiry against the president. House Republicans have not publicly questioned the accuracy of any of the transcripts, some of which include those from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Dr. Fiona Hill.
The president noted that Schiff previously gave a false account of his July 25 phone call with Ukraine, but did not explain why he believes the deposition transcripts have been doctored.