Sep 30, 2019

Trump accuses Adam Schiff of treason, suggests arrest

President Trump falsely accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of treason and suggested he be arrested in a Monday tweet.

"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?"

The big picture: Trump's suggestion of Schiff's arrest came just hours after he first declared that he wanted Schiff investigated for treason and quoted a pastor who said that there would be a "civil war like fracture" in the United States if he is impeached.

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Trump: "We're trying to find out" identity of whistleblower

Asked whether he knew the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower, President Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Monday that "we're trying to find out" before again arguing that his July telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "perfect."

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Whistleblower contacted House Intel Committee before filing official complaint

Rep. Adam Schiff. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

The whistleblower who alleged that President Trump was abusing his office to solicit election interference from Ukraine contacted a staffer on the House Intelligence Committee before filing an official complaint, a spokesman for Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) confirmed to the New York Times.

"Like other whistle-blowers have done before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistle-blower contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community."
— Spokesman Patrick Boland
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Tweets, threats and truth

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It's easy to get lost in the flurry, but President Trump's threats and attacks against the impeachment inquiry are escalating.

Why it matters: It's indicative of a president who is feeling the squeeze as House Democrats move full steam ahead with a Ukraine investigation that has unraveled in a matter of days.

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