House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) abruptly interrupted Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) when she mentioned the ‘parody’ he made of the July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
This happened yesterday during the first public hearing of President Trump’s impeachment on Capitol Hill, according to Fox News.
“I would like to enter into the record the transcript from the July 25 call between President Trump and President Zelenskiy,” Stefanik said. “You yourself, Mr. Chairman, have mischaracterized the call,” the Stefanik added.
Schiff intervened quickly. “The gentlewoman will suspend,” he said. “By unanimous consent, I’d be happy to enter the record into the record.”
At a hearing on Sept. 26, Schiff read what he later called a ‘parody’ of what happened on a phone call between President Trump and Zelensky, in which they spoke among other things about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, who is involved in a case of corruption at the country’s main gas company.
Schiff said his summary of the telephone dialogue was “meant to be at least, part, in parody,” acknowledging in his reading that President Trump never uttered the words as he mentioned them, but explained that he expressed it in that way to emphasize President Trump’s intention.
In part of his parody, Schiff said as if he were the president: “I have a favor I want from you,” Schiff said while appearing to read from a paper. “And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it, on this and on that.”
President Trump said that the legislator “totally made up my conversation with Ukraine President and read it to Congress and Millions.”
“He was supposedly reading the exact transcribed version of the call, but he completely changed the words to make it sound horrible, and me sound guilty. HE WAS DESPERATE AND HE GOT CAUGHT,” the president wrote in a series of tweets.
“Adam Schiff therefore lied to Congress and attempted to defraud the American Public. He has been doing this for two years. I am calling for him to immediately resign from Congress based on this fraud!” demanded President Trump.
Schiff, who heads one of the committees investigating President Trump in the impeachment inquiry announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was also heavily criticized by conservatives for the “parody” of the presidents’ call.
The White House last month issued a memorandum of telephone conversation The memo, which does not reflect a “literal transcript,” but is based on “notes and memories” of those who were there during the call.
During yesterday’s hearing Stefanik also asked Schiff for transparency and a response to a letter sent to him on Nov. 9 requesting certain individual witnesses.