Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), in an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Monday, Nov. 18, slammed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s rhetoric on the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump as “disgusting” and unworthy of congressional leadership.
Zeldin’s comments came after Schiff attacked the president as a “charlatan” and vowed to send him back to the “golden throne he came from” in a speech at the California Democratic Party State Convention in Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 16.
“Two years ago I stood before you, and I urged you to resist and you did, but we are more than a resistance now. We are a majority!” Schiff told attendees, reported Breitbart News.
“We are a majority in one House, and we will become a majority in the other, and we will send that charlatan [President Trump] in the White House back to the golden throne he came from,” he added.
Zeldin, one of the outspoken Republican critics against Schiff’s leading role in the impeachment inquiry, said Schiff’s comments are divisive.
“Listen, my background’s in the military. There are a lot of great people in the military, I would follow into combat. If they were charging a hill I would follow them,” Zeldin said. “I would die for them. I’d fight with them. I would never want to have to charge a hill with Adam Schiff leading the charge.”
“What you saw in that speech is — it’s really disgusting rhetoric, it’s divisive,” he continued. “What we’ve seen from this entire impeachment charade is an effort that essentially, and eagerly, tears our country in half.”
“We should be focusing on important priorities for our constituents,” Zelden concluded. “But instead for him to give that kind of a speech over the weekend — it’s sick. It’s not helpful for our country, it’s divisive and it’s not bringing us together.”
Zeldin said that Democrats have deluded themselves into allowing Schiff to run “a kangaroo court” as they began its public phase last Wednesday with multiple televised hearings containing witnesses “filled with second, third, fourth, no-hand information. Not a lot of firsthand information.”
The House Intelligence Committee will hold its second week of public hearings in the impeachment probe in which Democrats accused President Trump of abusing his power of office to force Ukraine’s president into politically beneficial investigations by leveraging the military aid to the country.
Our country is being ripped in half by this impeachment circus of Schiff and his cabal of obstructionists. Congress should instead be focused on passing USMCA, lowering prescription drug costs, and more to move America forward together.https://t.co/WxM9H6d87x
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) November 17, 2019