Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) called out House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) over his fabricated story of President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday.
The House Intelligence Committee held a hearing to interview acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire pertaining to the July 25 phone call between the President’s, the transcript of that call, and a whistleblower complaint about the call.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup addressed Adam Schiff’s opening during the hearing and roasted him for his factually-challenged description of the contents of the call, which the Chairman later brushed off as a “parody.”
“It’s a shame that we started off this hearing with ‘fictional remarks.’ The implication of a conversation that took place between a President and a foreign leader putting words into it that did not exist. They were not in the transcript,” Wenstrup fired off.
Wenstrup continued by noting that the lack of clarity from Schiff may have been intentional. “And I would contend that they were intentionally not clear and the Chairman described it as a parody, and I don’t believe this is the time or the place for ‘parody’ when we are seeking facts,” he explained. “Nor do those who were involved in the conversation agree with the ‘parody’ that the Chairman gave us.”
“And unfortunately today, many innocent Americans are going to turn on their TV and the media is only going to show that section of what the chairman had to say. But I’m also glad to know many Americans have seen this movie too many times and they’re tired of it,” Wenstrup added. (Videos Below)
Schiff admitted later that his blatant fabrication of quotes from President Trump’s Ukraine call was “wrong”, and after he got called out he claimed it was a “parody”.
Watch the short videos below:
In a democracy, there is nothing more controversial than impeachment. It is not a laughing matter. It is not parody. It is divisive and will cause deep strife. So why would Adam Schiff fabricate information and behave like this?
Schiff's behavior was disgraceful. https://t.co/6uFkdCldWG
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) September 26, 2019
Rep. Brad Wenstrup’s full questioning and roasting Schiff:
Schiff re-writes the call transcript for added drama: “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, I’m going to put you in touch with people”.
Rep. Schiff re-writes the call transcript for added drama: "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, I’m going to put you in touch with people" pic.twitter.com/1rV7BpEN6o
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 26, 2019