House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff admitted over the weekend that he was somewhat disingenuous about his relationship with the whistleblower who has brought accusations against President Donald Trump.
“I should have been much more clear and I said so the minute it was brought to my attention,” Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, The New York Post reported.
“I was referring to the fact that when the whistleblower filed the complaint, we had not heard from the whistleblower. We wanted to bring the whistleblower in at that time. But I should’ve been much more clear about that.”
Schiff was widely criticized for his statement about his lack of interaction with the person who claimed that the president made an incriminating phone call to the president of Ukraine, asking for assistance with investigating one of his political foes.
The Washington Post also 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.
Trump wrote on Twitter last week that Rep. Adam Schiff should be “impeached” despite impeachment not being applicable for members of the House of Representatives.
In another retweet, Trump blasted: “Adam Schiff is a disgrace to our Country!”
Adam Schiff is a disgrace to our Country! https://t.co/4pM3j1GLev
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
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.
Written by Savannah Pointer.