President Donald Trump let loose on Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., during his trip overseas to London on Tuesday, calling the head of the House Intelligence Committee a “maniac” and a “deranged human being” for the way the Democrat has handled the impeachment inquiry.
Trump Blasts Schiff
Fox News reported that while talking to reporters alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of a NATO summit, Trump was asked what he would learn from seeing Schiff testify in a possible Senate impeachment trial.
“I learn nothing from Adam Schiff, I think he’s a maniac,” Trump said. “I think Adam Schiff is a deranged human being. I think he grew up with a complex for lots of reasons that are obvious. I think he’s a very sick man, and he lies.”
The president went on to slam Schiff for his controversial move of reading out his own fictional account of Trump’s infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I have a favor I want from you,” Schiff said during a hearing as he seemed to read from a piece of paper. “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.”
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Schiff Defends Himself
After coming under fire from conservatives for blatantly making up his own version of the call, Schiff claimed that he was joking.
“My summary of the president’s call was meant to be at least, part, in parody,” Schiff said. “The fact that that’s not clear is a separate problem in and of itself. Of course, the president never said, ‘If you don’t understand me I’m going to say it seven more times.’ My point is, that’s the message that the Ukraine president was receiving in not so many words.”
Trump blasted Schiff for this move during his comments on Tuesday.
“This guy is sick,” Trump said. “If he didn’t do that in the halls of Congress, he’d be thrown in jail.”
Republicans Make Their Move
This came hours after House Republicans sent a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., in which they accused him of making bipartisan cooperation “the exception, rather than the rule.”
“Under your leadership, bipartisan solutions to real problems affecting real Americans have been sacrificed in favor of Committee Democrats’ obsession with impeaching the president and undoing the 2016 election,” the letter stated.