On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff stated that he interpreted a comment made by Donald Trump on Tuesday as a “veiled threat” against him.
On Tuesday, during a press conference that Trump had with the president of Guatemala, he stated that it was his belief that it was unfair that Schiff could not be prosecuted over “his conduct” during the impeachment hearings. Trump was referring to Schiff’s parody reading of his July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine.
He then stated that Guatemala had a “tougher” judicial system.
“When you have a guy like shifty Schiff go out and make up a statement I made – He said this is what I said but I never said it, he totally made it up,” Trump stated. “In Guatemala, they handle things much … tougher than that and because of immunity … he can’t be prosecuted.”
During his interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Schiff said that he took the comments very seriously.
“This is a president, after all, who has said of people who blow the whistle on him that they’re traitors and spies and should be treated as traitors and spies used to be – We used to execute traitors and spies,” Schiff said. “This is not a president above threatening anyone who gets in his way.”
He then added that Trump’s undertone was a reference to Guatemala’s “violent history.”
“He is not going to intimidate me,” Schiff added.
Schiff went on to note that he was not the first and would not be the last to be threatened by Trump. He went on to stress that it’s the type of behavior that “Americans should not accept in the Oval Office.”
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