As if by habit, President Donald Trump started the week off with a string of tweets and an attack on the whistleblower.
Perhaps his strangest statement of the morning came when he accused House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of only releasing “doctored transcripts.”
Trump claimed “shifty Adam Schiff will only release doctored transcripts. We haven’t even seen the documents and are restricted from (get this) having a lawyer. Republicans should put out their own transcripts! Schiff must testify as to why he MADE UP a statement from me, and read it to all!”
Shifty Adam Schiff will only release doctored transcripts. We haven’t even seen the documents and are restricted from (get this) having a lawyer. Republicans should put out their own transcripts! Schiff must testify as to why he MADE UP a statement from me, and read it to all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2019
Last week, Schiff began releasing transcripts of the closed testimonies that he’s been having. Over the course of the week, he released half a dozen transcripts, many of which were damaging for the White House.
Republicans had been calling for the release of those transcripts for weeks, but as they began to be released by the House Intelligence Committee, the GOP grew noticeably silent. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) demanded the release of the transcripts but when they were published, he said he wouldn’t even read them.
There is absolutely no evidence that any of the transcripts that Schiff or the House Intelligence Committee have released have been doctored and Trump is apparently the first Republican to suggest that they are.
Haven't seen a single Republican in the room deny the accuracy of these transcripts https://t.co/hTAc94mBs1— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) November 11, 2019
Some of the transcripts were lightly redacted, mostly to protect names and confidential information.
The transcripts that were published last week were recorded and transcribed by a stenographer, not by Schiff or the Democratic majority.
Trump also attacked Schiff for fabricating a statement in late September; Schiff later said that his error was actually intended as a parody. But Schiff’s fabricated quote was made during an open hearing — not any of the closed hearing from which transcripts have been released.