Rep. Gaetz: Schiff Report Is 300-Page Fairy Tale, Like Hearing From the Tin Man's Cousin...

Susan Jones | December 4, 2019 | 6:24am EST
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House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the House impeachment engineer, delivered his 300-page report to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, but Republicans scoffed before even reading it:

The report is "a fairy tale told second-hand with hearsay and conjecture," Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night:

This would be a lot like learning about the story of 'The Wizard of Oz' from Tin Man's cousin who really thought that the wicked witch was terribly misunderstood.

But you've correctly pointed out the opportunity costs. Right now, our troops are waiting for a raise. Our farmers and our manufacturers are waiting for a vote on USMCA. Our seniors hope that we would address the cost of prescription drugs...And I could tell you, Sean, Democrats back in their districts over the Thanksgiving break were feeling the heat.

So, keep it up, America. Tell your members of Congress that you would like them to start focusing on you and not their deranged, unjust motivations for ambition surrounding impeachment and investigations.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), a member of the intelligence committee who appeared on Hannity's show with Gaetz, said he has "reviewed" Schiff's report, and "I don't think America is ready to bow to Adam Schiff's superior imagination, if you will.

It's been interesting the last three years. Everything they accused people -- falsely accused people of doing are things they have actually done themselves. You point that out night after night. So I think it is going to be more like a talk show when it gets over to Judiciary.

You know, we're ready to do the handoff. I can tell you that. I think that our team on the Judiciary Committee is just as prepared as we were on the Intelligence Committee to let America know the truth.

And there's nothing impeachable here. This is really an amazing thing. And that's why Democrats are feeling it back at home. And I've got to tell you, Sean, back at home over Thanksgiving, going into church, running into policemen, et cetera, et cetera, we were being praised for the work that we just got done, and I'm proud of that.

Gaetz said Schiff's report to the Judiciary Committee "isn't the gospel. We don't just take it as an article of faith."

He said Schiff should be among the witnesses called to testify, since Schiff's staff had the initial contact with the whistleblower:

"We should be able to ask questions. But of course, when he wants to hide in the bunker and take secret depositions, well then he is a special prosecutor. But when he produces his work, he doesn't actually want to have to stand behind it.

"Hunter Biden should be in that witness chair," Gaetz continued. "And by the way, if Adam Schiff is going to be getting the phone logs of Republicans like Devin Nunes, I want to see Adam Schiff's call logs. I want to see how many times -- he and the members of his staff coordinated with the whistleblower, their Trump-hating lawyers, and everyone who is trying to create a frenzy for a coup when we should be working on behalf of the interests of the American people."

According to the Democrats' 300-page report:

"[T]he impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection. In furtherance of this scheme, President Trump conditioned official acts on a public announcement by the new Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, of politically-motivated investigations, including one into President Trump’s domestic political opponent. In pressuring President Zelensky to carry out his demand, President Trump withheld a White House meeting desperately sought by the Ukrainian President, and critical U.S. military assistance to fight Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

However, none of the witnesses called so far has offered first-hand knowledge of a quid pro quo; President Trump did meet with the Ukraine president in New York; the U.S. military aid, although delayed, did flow; and the Ukrainians never announced or conducted the investigations that Trump wanted.



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