Trump on Rep. Schiff: 'Arrest for Treason?'

President starts his Monday with tweets about the whistleblower, too
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2019 9:15 AM CDT
Trump on Rep. Schiff: 'Arrest for Treason?'
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters about the release by the White House of a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

On Sunday, President Trump tweeted that Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff should be "questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason" after Schiff last week paraphrased Trump's statements to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky when opening a House hearing on the whistleblower complaint. The president didn't wake with a changed mind Monday. "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," tweeted Trump. "It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?" Treason is punishable by prison time or death, notes the Hill, which adds that other Monday morning tweets from Trump zeroed in on the whistleblower.

An example: "The Fake Whistleblower complaint is not holding up. It is mostly about the call to the Ukrainian President which, in the name of transparency, I immediately released to Congress & the public. The Whistleblower knew almost nothing, its 2ND HAND description of the call is a fraud!" The Washington Post reports the tweets followed a statement from the whistleblower's lawyer that Trump's prior tweets on the subject were threatening his client's safety, though Andrew Bakaj had predicted things wouldn't simmer down. In a letter to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, he wrote, "Unfortunately, we expect this situation to worsen, and to become even more dangerous for our client and any other whistleblowers, as Congress seeks to investigate this matter." (More President Trump stories.)

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