Trump on Schiff: 'Arrest for Treason?'

By Michael W. Chapman | September 30, 2019 | 10:31am EDT
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( -- In reference to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's (D-Calif.) interpretation of President Trump's conversation with the president of Ukraine -- an interpretation Schiff later claimed was partly "parody" -- President Trump tweeted today in reference to Schiff:  "Arrest for Treason?"

In his Sept. 26 opening statement at a congressional hearing with Department of National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire, Chariman Schiff presented his version of the Trump-Ukraine phone call, painting the president as a Mafioso-type thug. 

"And what is the president’s response — well it reads like a classic organized crime shake down," said Schiff.  "In essence, what the President Trump communicates is this: 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. You know what I mean? 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," said Schiff. "I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of dirt, on this and on that. I’m going to put you in touch with people, and not just any people.... Trust me. You know what I’m asking, so I’m only going to say this a few more times, in a few more ways. And don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked."

That is not what the actual phone transcript says; it is Chariman Schiff's interpretation of what he thinks it says. (See video below.) Later in the hearing when he was asked about his opening statement, Schiff said, “My summary of the president’s call was meant to be at least, in part, parody. Of course, the president never said if I -- if you don’t understand me, I’ll say it seven more times.”

On Sept. 30, President 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?"

The official transcript of Trump's telephone conversation with the Ukrainian president can be read here

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