President Trump says one of his harshest Democratic critics committed a “Liddle” crime by mocking the president at a congressional hearing.
Trump asked on Twitter if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Cal.) should face arrest for his account of the president’s call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky asking for dirt on rival Joe Biden.
“Arrest for Treason?” Trump asked.
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. It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?
Trump incorrectly claims that Schiff broke the law by dramatizing the damning call to Zelensky as a mob shakedown.
Treason involves betraying the United States, not criticizing the president and all Americans have a First Amendment right to criticize Trump.
The tweet came as Trump is showing more signs of being rattled by the impeachment probe. He unsuccessfully pleaded with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to avert the inquiry and is now lashing out even more irrationally than before.
He suggested the whistleblower is a spy and those who talked to him committed treason.
Intelligence officials deemed the whistleblower complaint credible and Trump’s hand-picked acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire said the whistleblower acted in good faith.
Schiff, who is a key leader of the impeachment inquiry, got under Trump’s skin with his parody of Trump designed to explain the threatening message that Trump was actually seeking to deliver to Zelensky during the now-infamous July 25 “I need a favor” call.
Trump complained last week that CNN misspelled his sophomoric “Liddle” perjorative nickname for Schiff, while demonstrating that he doesn’t know the difference between a hyphen and an apostrophe.
Schiff did not immediately respond to Trump’s latest attacks on Twitter, possibly because Monday marked the first day of Rosh Hashanah.