Schiff ripped for concocting his own 'shakedown'

Monday, September 30, 2019
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Jody Brown, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Rep. Adam SchiffTruth seemed to be a rare commodity at a recent House Intelligence Committee hearing.

Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has released her committee chairs to start chasing down impeachment, the gloves are coming off. At a House Intel hearing last week focusing on a telephone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) (pictured) literally made up the contents of the call, describing it as "a classic organized crime shakedown":

Schiff: "[The president said to Zelensky] And I'm going to say this only seven times, so you'd better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of dirt, on this and on that. This is in sum and in character what the president was trying to communicate with the president of Ukraine."

Committee member Congressman Michael Turner (R-Ohio) called out Schiff on his fiction:

Turner: "While the chairman was speaking, I actually had someone text me, 'Is he just making this up?' Yes, yes, he was."

Schiff tried to backpedal:

Schiff: "My summary of the president's call was meant to be at least part in parody. Of course, the president never said if I – if you don't understand me, I'll say it seven more times."

In an interview with OneNewsNow, Republican National Committee spokesperson Liz Harrington said lying is totally in character for Schiff.

"I think it was completely disgraceful," said Harrington. "But we shouldn't be surprised, given the fact that Adam Schiff has never apologized for lying to the public for over two years saying that he had evidence of 'collusion' when he had no such evidence."

The Democratic chairman took heat from others as well:

Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for the Trump 2020 campaign: "Rather than reading from the actual transcript, he made up a new one. What a HACK!"

Committee member Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York): "It is disturbing and outrageous that Chairman … Schiff opens up a hearing of this importance with improvised fake dialogue between President Trump and President Zelensky. We should focus on the facts."

Stephen Hayes (journalist): "[The] Trump/Zelensky phone call readout is bad on its face. And yet, Adam Schiff, not satisfied with the facts as they are, offers a summary that is a distortion designed to make it look worse."

Prior to the hearing, Schiff and three other Democratic committee chairs released a statement accusing Trump of abusing his office "by directly and repeatedly asking a foreign country to investigate his political rival and open investigations meant to help the President politically.  Not once, not twice, but more than half a dozen times during one telephone call. This was a shakedown."

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