The first run of witness testimony from the secret House hearings is about to be released this week. But President Donald Trump does not believe they will be on the up-and-up.
The president accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) of planning to manipulate the transcripts to suit the Democrats’ impeachment narrative, the Washington Examiner reports.
Calling Out Shifty Schiff
Trump does not trust Schiff, period. As such, he is questioning whether or not the transcripts Schiff is releasing are the actual testimony, or Schiff’s version of what was actually said.
This may sound a bit conspiracy theory-ish, but there is actually precedent to back up Trump’s fear. When Schiff went public with the Ukraine call transcript, he read his own version of the call on national TV — not what actually happened.
Schiff never bothered to tell anyone he was doing a dramatic reading — at least, not until after the fact.
There were far too many people who assumed Schiff was reading from the transcript word-for-word who would later be in complete disbelief that Trump was so bold.
Rather than rely on Schiff to release honest transcripts, Trump wants Republicans to release their own transcripts to ensure Schiff is held accountable. He tweeted:
….should give their own transcripts of the interviews to contrast with Schiff’s manipulated propaganda. House Republicans must have nothing to do with Shifty’s rendition of those interviews. He is a proven liar, leaker & freak who is really the one who should be impeached!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2019
The first set of documents was actually released early Monday morning, but those were only the beginning. Schiff plans on using a slow drip to make all of these documents public.
While it is great fodder for the media, it is extremely unprofessional and should be stopped immediately. These documents should be released in full, with a report, so Americans have all the information in front of them.
Schiff, however, is going to release what he deems to be the most damaging testimony in an effort to turn the American people against their president.
Keep in mind, Republicans cannot even call their own witnesses without Democrats approval, so what are the chances anyone testifies that can dispute any of this testimony?
What we are seeing, patriots, is an organized coup — and Democrats are not even trying to hide it anymore.