During a recent House Intelligence Committee hearing, Democrat chairman Adam Schiff fabricated quotes that fit his impeachment narrative and attempted to pass them off as part of the actual declassified and publicly released transcript of the controversial July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Needless to say, President Trump was none too pleased by Schiff’s blatant dishonesty, even going so far in series of highly critical tweets to suggest that Schiff should be arrested, investigated and potentially even charged with treason for his divisive stunt.
“Arrest for Treason?”
Reuters reported that Trump’s suggestion that Schiff should be “arrested for treason” came in a tweet that was posted early Monday morning.
The remarks will no doubt be seized upon by the media and Democrats to further inflame the contrived outrage surrounding allegations that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine involving military aid in exchange for an investigation into former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Trump tweeted: “Rep. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people. It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?”
Trump demands action
That tweet on Monday followed a mention of Schiff by Trump in a thread of tweets on Sunday in which the president invoked his Constitutional right to confront his accusers, in this case, the so-called “whistleblower” who had filed a complaint based entirely on second- and third-hand information — little more than anti-Trump gossip and innuendo.
Trump wrote that the “whistleblower” had “represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way. Then Schiff made up what I actually said by lying to Congress.”
“His lies were made in perhaps the most blatant and sinister manner ever seen in the great Chamber. He wrote down and read terrible things, then said it was from the mouth of the President of the United States. I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason,” Trump tweeted.
The president wrapped up his thread by reiterating his demand to confront not only the alleged whistleblower but also whomever else in the White House or broader administration who was “spying” and passed along the second-hand information about the phone call — material which would be considered inadmissible hearsay in court.
Accountability for Schiff
After Schiff recited his fictitious quotes and falsely attributed them to the president during the hearing, he was promptly slammed by some of his Republican colleagues.
The absurd excuse he offered for his behavior was that he was merely attempting to “parody” the president’s conversation and it was not his fault that not everyone understood the humor of what he had done. However, there is nothing remotely funny when it comes to lying about a president in order to further a highly partisan impeachment narrative that will further split an already divided nation.
There can be no doubt that Schiff must be held accountable for his display of grossly inappropriate behavior unbecoming a member of Congress.