Trump Says Lead Impeachment Democrat Schiff Has Not Paid ‘Price, Yet’

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the Democratic lawmaker leading the impeachment case against him, Representative Adam Schiff, has “not paid the price, yet” for his actions, a statement Schiff said he viewed as a threat.

The vitriol from Trump against Schiff and other Democrats followed three days of their arguments in his impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate on charges he abused the power of his office by pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival, and then tried to obstruct an investigation by Congress.

“Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!” Trump said on Twitter.

Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if he took the Republican president’s social media post as a threat, Schiff said, “I think it’s intended to be.”

As lead impeachment manager, Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, played a central role in Democrats’ efforts to paint Trump’s behavior as dangerous to democracy the Republican-led Senate, where Trump is likely to be acquitted.

While some Republican senators said Schiff had been effective, most appeared unswayed. The lawmaker from California, a former federal prosecutor, has been a regular target of attack from Trump and Trump’s Republican supporters in Congress.

Some Republican senators took umbrage at Schiff’s more pointed comments, including that the president could not be trusted to do the right thing for the country and that Republican senators were under extreme pressure to acquit Trump.

Schiff said on NBC he was making the argument “that it’s going to require moral courage to stand up to this president.”

“This is a wrathful and vindictive president,” he said. “I don’t think that there’s any doubt about it and if you think there is, look at the president’s tweets about me today, saying that I should pay a price.”

Trump regularly levels personal attacks against political opponents. His broadsides against Schiff have included “pencil neck” and “liddle.” Critics accuse Trump of using an anti-Semitic trope in referring to the Jewish lawmaker as “shifty.”

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Trump’s Twitter post. Representatives for Schiff said they had nothing to add to the congressman’s comments.

TRUMP’S DEFENSE

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Fox News Channel she had not spoken to Trump about the tweet but, “I think he means he hasn’t yet paid the price with the voters.”

U.S. Senator James Lankford, a Republican, likened Trump’s comment to those of Democrats who say Republicans will pay a price at the ballot box for supporting Trump or will pay a price in the future as they are held accountable.

“I don’t think the president is trying to be able to do a death threat here or do some sort of intimidation,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Both of them are saying the American people will speak on this.”

Another House impeachment manager, Democrat Zoe Lofgren, told CNN Trump should “get a grip” and be more presidential. “The president has a tendency to say things that seem threatening to people,” she said.

Trump’s team of lawyers began their defense on Saturday, arguing Democrats’ efforts to remove the president from office would set a “very, very dangerous” precedent in an election year.

Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s legal team, told “Fox News Sunday” the conduct described in the Senate trial did not amount to an impeachable offense. He shrugged off a recording first reported on Friday in which Trump told Lev Parnas, an associate of his lawyer Rudolph Giuliani, he wanted to see the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, fired.

“The president has full authority to fire an ambassador,” Dershowitz said.

During the House of Representatives impeachment hearings last month, witnesses described Giuliani as leading efforts to pressure Ukraine on investigating former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 Democratic candidate, and his son Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

Yovanovitch was seen as resisting those efforts and was recalled in May.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Additional reporting by Tim Ahmann and Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Daniel Wallis)

Responses

  1. “Democrat Zoe Lofgren, told CNN Trump should “get a grip” and be more presidential. “The president has a tendency to say things that seem threatening to people,” she said.”
    And Schiff and his minions should get a grip and be more Congressional. For three long years Trump has had to put up with the BS from Schiff so I can’t blame Trump for being hostile or vindictive. He’s still a great President, keeping promised and draining the swamp..

  2. No confuction, you and the whole of your communist party are a totalitarian organization and believe in “one party rule”. fascism is part of you and your party as well as every other dictatorship.

  3. “Be quiet. As a supporter of and advocate for Fascism, your stupidity is showing again.” Confused James The Projectionist

    It’s because of this kind on nonsense that you earned your updated nickname. You are fascist, you worship a fascist, therefore I am one? Projection, plain and simple.

    #outnow “refusefascism.org”

    1. Look up the word facism and you may discover you are talking to the wrong ones. You may have to change your name to total confusion.

  4. “Why 9s it that schiffy can say anything he wants and it’s ok? Bit when OUR president says something it’s a threat?” ron

    Why is it that you let Dear Lear LIE to you THOUSANDS of times and you don’t hold him to account? Don’t you find that confusing, ron? I do.

    As to the threats, every member of the American Fascist party cowers behind His Majesty’s robes because either he, his minions, or Cult-45 threatens them. Doesn’t that confuse you? It doesn’t me, ron. That’s what fascists do.

    1. And why are you taking up for a consistant liar? Look up the lies of Adam Schiff. It appears that TDS becomes you.

  5. “Respect needs to be shown. …..” ron

    Funny, I thought you fascists used to say that respect had to be EARNED. Now you are saying that we have to be deferential to Dear Leader. That in itself defines fascism.

    You guys keep changing the rules so often, no wonder I get confused!

    In reply:

    Starting a war with Iran in hopes of distracting from his criminal acts doesn’t earn respect for Trump no matter what the faux evangelicals say. Tery Gohsman

    1. Would you even recognize respect if it was shown to you? I seriously doubt it. Why don’t you try using a little bit of it you may get some in return. Sometimes I believe you are a Russian trying to interfere with the 2020 election for the democrats.

  6. >Sherri<

    Looks like we'll have to wait until the President's defense team reveals the entire impeachment (coup d'etat) attempt was ILLEGAL under our Constitution. This was not a BIPARTISAN effort to impeach the President; but a PARTISAN political attempt to remove the President simply because they have known since 2016 the D'RATS do not have nor can they dig up a candidate to defeat Trump in 2020. It'll be fun to watch egg being smeared on their faces and their own manufactured BS being served up with their crow meals.

  7. “The Democrats won’t make it to the next election, so there is NO ‘retaking’ the House in the election.” Rhonda

    I am confused, Rhonda.

    What if you are wrong? What is your Plan B?

    1. Confused as usual. Grow up and wake up. Pay attention while the adults are talking.

    2. We could do like the democrats did when crooked Hillary lost. We could yell at the moon and demonstrate. Then we could say they aren’t our representatives and the resist. We could do like Maxine Waters and start yelling impeach. Or we could follow her advice and get in their faces and say you aren’t welcome here. No the democrats action were facist, they are the only ones that do this. By the way what if you are wrong?

  8. Maybe Trump should tell Hillary that Schiff has some serious dirt on her. 🙂

  9. Schiff will be exposed as the liar that he is. That is what the socialist are, no morality, lies are just a tool to be used.

    1. Must you be reminded that Dear Leader has tried to spread more than 15,000 different lies since he first sat on his golden throne? Must you be reminded of that, David?

      1. Join the discussion…Did you pull that number out of your ass confuction, I mean brain?? Come to think of it, your brain and ass are interchangeable.

  10. Trump didn’t say “should” he said “YET”.
    BANK ON IT MISS SCHIFF!

  11. Why 9s it that schiffy can say anything he wants and it’s ok? Bit when OUR president says something it’s a threat? When someone says something against you you, you have the fight to defend yourself. But the president doesn’t have that same right? They have been attacking him since he won the election. Like him or not he is the president of the United states of America. Respect needs to be shown. …..

    1. probably, Ron, everything that Trump says is either a lie or a threat. When he says something, it’s sheep like you that will lie down for a scratch on you belly for a chance that you may actually be on his side. Good Luck!

  12. Trump is right. Schiff hasn’t, yet, paid the price for what he’s done to this country. He’s lied, leaked, and brought false charges to the executive of this country. He’s part of the coup attempt. Eventually, they will all pay a price for their sedition. It’s not a threat. It’s a promise that they will not break the law and get away with it.

    1. Adam Schiff should take the ‘threat’ in the same vein as Trump ‘threatened’ Iran. Trump doesn’t ‘threaten’ like Obama did… empty promises that led nowhere. Adam Schiff should be very, very scared as to what is coming for him and the others who were a part of this coup attempt. This country is not like Erdogan when Turkey’s military tried to overthrow him. We’re not as ruthless as Erdogan is. But we WILL extract justice from those that sought to undermine We The People and their rights.

    2. Odd how even Trump’s lawyers aren’t trying to say he’s innocent. If Schiff et all are indulging in criminality as well as Trump they’ll go down for it, but right now the evidence is against Trump. Please try to pay attention.

  13. A promise, NOT a threat. When Repubs retake the House, Schiff / Pelosi / Nadler et al should ALL be impeached for lying, corruption, treason, and for attempting to disenfranchise 63 million plus American voters….

    1. The Democrats won’t make it to the next election, so there is NO ‘retaking’ the House in the election. It will be by appointment by the governors of said states, if that is allowed by the individual state’s constitutions, or by special election. This is why it was so important for Trump to stump for the Republican governors in the 2018 mid-terms who were running for election or re-election. He wanted Trump supporters in those offices to ensure that there would be no more Democrats appointed to office to replace the treasonous ones being removed for their own high crimes and misdemeanors, their own treason, their own bribery.

  14. I think that Schiff,Nadler,Pelisi and the rest of the Demonrats are going to pay for what they doing to the President and OUR COUNTRY.And whatever that price is,in my opinion it will not be severe enough.

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