Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is in hot water over recently recanting a completely fictional version of the telephone conversation he imagined transpired between U.S. President Donald Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine. Trump has suggested openly that the representative’s actions were treasonous.
On Thursday, September 24, 2019, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump based on an anonymous whistleblower complaint filed by a national intelligence official who charged Trump with illegal activities during a July 25 phone conversation with Zelensky.
Zelensky denied the accusation and the White House released a 5-page summary of the exchange between world leaders.
A partial transcript of the phone call reads:
President Trump: I would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine – they say Crowdstrike…The server, they say, Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it, if that’s possible.”
President Velensky: Yes, it is very important for me and everything that you just mentioned earlier. For me as a President, it is very important and we are open for any future cooperation. We are ready to open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United States and Ukraine.”
The transcript shows that Trump was asking Velensky to investigate Ukraine’s part played in fueling the 2016 “Russia collusion” fake news story and subsequent lengthy and expensive taxpayer-funded inquiry – inconclusive Muller Report.
While the liberal press had a field day interpreting Trump’s phrase “do us a favor” – identifying this as a veiled threat – Rep. Schiff stood before Congress and recited a completely fictional, imaginary conversation between his nemesis Trump and the Ukrainian president.
On Thursday, September 26, acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before Congress about the Trump-Zelensky phone call and the whistleblower complaint behind it. During the proceedings, a popeyed Schiff read his version of the communication between the two world leaders before Congress and an international television audience. He attempted to parody Trump’s way of speaking and tweeting, saying the call “reads like a classic organized crime shakedown.” It certainly does the way Schiff told it:
“Shorn of its rambling character and in not so many words, this is the essence of what the president communicates: ‘We’ve been very good to your country. Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what? I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you, though. And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it.
On this and on that. I’m going to put you in touch with people, not just any people. I’m going to put you in touch with the attorney general of the United States, my attorney general Bill Barr. He’s got the whole weight of the American law enforcement behind him. And I’m going to put you in touch with Rudy. You’re going to love him, trust me. You know what I’m asking and so I’m only going to say this a few more times, in a few more ways. And by the way, don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked.”
Schiff concluded his made-up version of the truth by stating:
“This is, in sum and character, what the president was trying to communicate with the president of Ukraine. It would be funny if it wasn’t such a graphic betrayal of the President’s oath of office. But as it does represent a real betrayal, there’s nothing the president says here that is in America’s interest after all.”
It is clear that Democratic accusations claiming that Trump had proposed a quid pro quo (“tit for tat”) exchange of information in regards to 2020 presidential Democratic contender Joe Biden and his son Hunter are groundless and patently false – just like Schiff’s congressional flights of fancy.
On October 2, during a White House press conference with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, Trump answered a reporter’s question about the controversy:
“The whistleblower was very inaccurate. The whistleblower started this whole thing by writing a report on the conversation I had with the President of Ukraine – and the conversation was perfect, it couldn’t have been nicer…Not a thing wrong, unless you heard the Adam Schiff version where he made up my conversation. He actually made it up.”
The U.S. President continued:
“It should be criminal. It should be treasonous. He made it up, every word of it. Made up. And read to Congress as though I said it. He should be forced to resign from Congress. He should be forced to resign.”
Trump speculated that Schiff’s actions were illegal and those of an enemy of the state:
“But it was all fabricated. He should resign from office in disgrace, and frankly, they should look at him for treason. Because he is making up the words of the President of the United States. Not only words but the meaning – and it’s a disgrace. It should not be allowed to happen.”
Trump pulled no punches when he shared his nickname for the pro-impeachment congressman:
“I call him Shifty Schiff. We don’t call him Shifty Schiff for nothing. He’s a shifty, dishonest guy.”