Schiff says Trump tweet is 'intended to be' a threat

Source: The Hill | January 26, 2020 | Rebecca Klar

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who has taken a leading role in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, said Sunday that a tweet from the president is “intended to be” a threat.

“I don’t think it was personal to refer to the CBS story. What may be personal, though, and I think I have to be very candid about this, is I made the argument that it’s going to require moral courage to stand up to this president,” Schiff said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Schiff, the lead House impeachment manager in the Senate trial, added that Trump is a “vindictive” president.

“I don’t think 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,'” Schiff said. 

“Do you take that as a threat?” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked. 

“I think it’s intended to be,” Schiff responded. 

Trump tweeted early Sunday morning that Schiff, whom he called a “CORRUPT POLITICIAN,” has “not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”

The tweet came after Trump’s defense team attacked Schiff’s credibility during its opening arguments in the Senate proceedings on Saturday.

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“It is going to be very difficult for some of these senators to stand up to this president. It really is. There’s just no question about it,” Schiff said. “I want to acknowledge that, and I don’t want to acknowledge it in a way that is offensive to them, but I do want to speak candidly about it.”

Schiff added that “if this weren’t an issue,” senators would not have a problem with calling witnesses. 

“If we can’t even get the senators to agree to call witnesses in a trial, it shows you just how difficult that moral courage is,” he said. 

Senators will likely vote early this week on whether to compel witnesses and documents as part of the ongoing trial. If all Democrats vote for the measure, they will need at least four Republicans to join them to be successful. 

Trump appeared to be listening to Schiff’s interview, tweeting Sunday as it aired in another attack on Schiff’s credibility. 

“After having been exposed as a fraud and corrupt, can anyone, including Sleepyeyes Chuck Todd of Fake @NBCNews, continue to listen to his con?” Trump tweeted. 

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    Trump is indeed full of hot air and bluster, so maybe this wasn’t a threat that he personally would try to physically harm Adam Schiff. But Schiff should be aware that many Trump followers are nutcases and one or more of them might interpret Trump’s words as a signal for them to try to take Schiff out.

    I would like to know just what Schiff has exactly done to harm America. Seems to me the one harming America is Donald Trump.

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