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Weekend Reads Trump demands Schiff resign over account of Ukraine call

17:56  27 september  2019
17:56  27 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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President Trump called Friday for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to resign for “fraudulently” reading out a hyperbolic account of Trump ’s Schiff later chalked up his fictional summary of the phone call to a joke as he came under fire from conservatives for making up quotes.

Mr Trump acknowledges freezing military aid to Ukraine and pressing it to investigate Joe Biden. Mr Trump 's latest remarks came after it emerged that days before his phone call with Mr Zelensky, the Image copyright Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images. Image caption Adam Schiff , a top Democrat, said

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President Trump on Friday demanded House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) "immediately" resign from Congress for reading what the congressman described as a parody of the president's phone call with Ukraine's leader that is at the center of a whistleblower complaint.

In a series of tweets early Friday, Trump accused Schiff of lying to Congress and "fraudulently" reciting a version of the call that made it "sound horrible" and made the president appear "guilty."

"He was supposedly reading the exact transcribed version of the call, but he completely changed the words to make it sound horrible, and me sound guilty," Trump tweeted.

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) tweeted that "The transcript of the call reads like a classic mob shakedown: — We do a lot for Ukraine — There’s not much reciprocity — I have a favor to ask — Investigate my opponent — My people will be in touch — Nice country you got there.

President Trump and Republicans are demanding House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff resign for pushing what they call a "false narrative" of collusion.

"HE WAS DESPERATE AND HE GOT CAUGHT. Adam Schiff therefore lied to Congress and attempted to defraud the American Public. He has been doing this for two years. I am calling for him to immediately resign from Congress based on this fraud!"

Trump was referring to a moment at the outset of Thursday's congressional hearing with the acting intelligence chief during which Schiff described Trump as saying on the call that he would tell Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "seven times" to "make up dirt on my political opponent."

Schiff later made clear that he was summarizing what happened on the July 25 call and that it was meant "to be, at least in part, parody."

"The fact that that's not clear is a separate problem in and of itself. Of course, the president never said, if I - 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," Schiff said.

Schiff immediately hit back at Trump on Twitter on Friday, accusing him of engaging in "a shakedown to get election dirt from a foreign country" and trying to cover it up.

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(RELATED: Adam Schiff Calls On Trump To Release Transcript Of His Call To Ukraine ). This is the sum and character what the president was trying to communicate with the president of Ukraine . (RELATED: Schiff Clarifies His Fabricated Account Of Ukraine Transcript By Calling It ‘Parody’).

Trump is now demanding over Twitter that Adam Schiff , the Democratic chairman of the House intelligence I am calling for him to immediately resign from Congress based on this fraud! But it’s clear that this scandal over whether Trump tried to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate

"You're right about one thing - your words need no mockery. Your own words and deeds mock themselves," Schiff wrote. "But most importantly here, they endanger our country."

A rough transcript of Trump's call with Zelensky was released by the White House on Wednesday. It showed Trump encouraging the Ukrainian leader to investigate unsubstantiated allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden, a front-runner for the 2020 Democratic nomination, and offering to put him in touch with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and Attorney General William Barr.

The call is at the center of an intelligence community whistleblower complaint alleging Trump was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election." The complaint also alleged efforts within the White House to cover up records of the call after the fact.

A redacted version of the complaint was released Thursday, minutes before lawmakers grilled acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire about his handling of it during an open hearing.

Trump has defended the call as "perfect" and insisted he did not pressure Zelensky while noting the partial transcript of the call showed no explicit quid pro quo.

Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted that the call was "very legal and very good," accusing Democrats of continuing a "witch hunt." House Democrats launched formal impeachment proceedings on Tuesday after details began to emerge about Trump's phone conversation with Zelensky.

The White House memo detailing the call shows Trump asking for a "favor" before entering into a discussion with Zelensky about investigating details related to Russian interference in the 2016 election. He later brings up Biden.

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