House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff become key Democrat in battle with President Trump
President Trump has zeroed in on Schiff, calling on him to resign and suggesting he be investigated and potentially jailed for "treason" while defending his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
During the call, President Trump pressed for investigations into 2016 election interference and former Vice President Joe Biden, after asking Zelensky for a "favor." The call triggered a complaint from a whistleblower within the administration and now threatens to lead to Trump's impeachment.
"The president believes that it is his God-given right to shake down foreign leaders for help in his re-election, and he should not be encumbered by the public finding out about it," Schiff, a former prosecutor and close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
The president has lashed out at Schiff in particular for exaggerating the details of Trump's July 25 phone call with Zelensky during the televised congressional hearing last week.
"[Schiff] actually took words and made it up," President Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Monday, saying his phone call was "so good that he couldn't quote from it."
"It's a disgrace. This whole thing is a disgrace," President Trump continued.
25th September 2019