President Donald Trump unloaded on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff once again during an event for the signing of the trade deal with Japan, according to The DailyMail.
Trump said that Schiff should be “investigated” for putting words in Trump’s mouth that he didn’t say and while he was on the subject, took a swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that she was as “guilty as he is,” referring to Pelosi and Schiff.
“He went out as though I wrote it. He defrauded the American people. He defrauded congress. He defrauded himself and his family,” Trump said according to the DailyMail.
“I think Adam Schiff should be investigated for what he did. He took to the great chamber, Congress, and he made a speech. And his speech was a fraud. Everything he said was a fraud,” said the president.
The speech that the president was referencing saw Schiff at a hearing where he read a parody of the president’s controversial conversation with officials from Ukraine.
“He met with the whistleblower. They never said that. They never talked about it,” Trump said, referencing newer reports that an aide to Schiff met with the whistle-blower who made allegations against the president about abuse of office.
The Washington Post took on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff calling his claim that he had not been in contact with the whistleblower accusing President Donald Trump of misconduct a blatant lie.
The Post’s Glenn Kessler wrote early on Friday that Schiff’s claim was a “flat-out false,” and cited several of his interviews in which he made similar statements.
“Unlike the quick two-step dance he performed with Anderson Cooper, Schiff simply says the committee had not spoken to the whistleblower. Now we know that’s not true.”
The Post writer highlighted an interview on CNN when Schiff made a stealthy sidestep of the question, and another time when he flat out lied about the issue, and he had information to back up his claims.
Cooper: “Just to be clear, you don’t know who this alleged whistleblower is or what they are alleging?”
Schiff: “I don’t know the identity of the whistleblower.”
Cooper: “And they haven’t contacted you or their legal representation hasn’t contacted you?”
Schiff: “I don’t want to get into any particulars. I want to make sure that there’s nothing that I do that jeopardizes the whistleblower in any way.”
And again on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when the representative appeared to have lied outright.
“There’s nothing wrong with dodging a question, as long as you don’t try to mislead,” Kessler wrote about the exchange. “But Schiff on ‘Morning Joe’ clearly made a statement that was false.”
Sam Stein: “Have you heard from the whistleblower? Do you want to hear from the whistleblower? What protections could you provide to the whistleblower?”
Schiff: “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to. But I am sure the whistleblower has concerns that he has not been advised, as the law requires, by the inspector general or the director of national Intelligence just how he is supposed to communicate with Congress, and so the risk to the whistleblower is retaliation.”
“She’s as guilty as he is because she knew all of that,” Trump went on of the Speaker”
“She knew everything about it and she didn’t do anything about it. And I’ll tell you what, they should really be looked at very strongly, because what they did is unthinkable,’ said Trump. ‘What they did to this country is unthinkable.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.