Newly-minted House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Az.) introduced a resolution to condemn House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for his “parody” of the July phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In a statement published Friday, Biggs — who sits on the House Judiciary Committee — announced that he had introduced a House resolution to “condemn and censure” Schiff for his “blatantly false retelling” of the conversation between the two presidents.
The Arizona Republican proclaimed that it is “inexcusable to toy” with the process of impeachment — as it is “one of the most serious” duties given to Congress — and to “mislead the American public” through his remarks.
“During yesterday’s hearing, Chairman Schiff’s opening statement included a blatantly false retelling of President Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president. Democrats previously initiated an impeachment inquiry, which leads to one of the most serious, constitutional duties of Members of Congress: removal of the President of the United States.
Through this process, if the President has committed high crimes or misdemeanors, Congress may overturn the election of the President and the will of the American people. It is therefore inexcusable to toy with the process and mislead the American public with such a statement.”
The House Intelligence chairman had given a “more dramatic” version of the phone call during his opening statement at the committee hearing featuring Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday.
Schiff was called out for his version of the events and claimed later on during the hearing that what he said was “part in parody” of the actual conversation.
The unredacted transcript of the conversation was released a day prior to the hearing after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced an impeachment inquiry into the president regarding the whistleblower complaint surrounding the call.