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Trump Calls for Schiff to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry to Explain Fabricated Statements

President Donald Trump has backed Republicans demands for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the head of the House Intelligence Committee, to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

In a series of heated tweets, Trump described the impeachment probe as a “one-sided Witch Hunt,” accusing Schiff of fabricating a portion of the transcript of the call at the center of the inquiry between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Shifty Adam Schiff will only release doctored transcripts. We havent even seen the documents and are restricted from (get this) having a lawyer. Republicans should put out their own transcripts! Schiff must testify as to why he MADE UP a statement from me, and read it to all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2019

“Shifty Adam Schiff will only release doctored transcripts. We havent even seen the documents and are restricted from (get this) having a lawyer,” Trump wrote on Nov. 11 on Twitter.

“Republicans should put out their own transcripts! Schiff must testify as to why he MADE UP a statement from me, and read it to all!”

His comments come after Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a Nov. 8 letter to Schiff, formally requested that the House Intelligence Chairman testifies in the impeachment inquiry, noting that Schiff misled the public about his teams interaction with the person who filed a complaint against Trump.

Republican lawmakers have previously raised concerns about the lack of transparency and an apparent absence of due process, and the secrecy surrounding the depositions in the House Democrat-run probe over Trumps July 25 phone call with Ukraine.

In an interview on The Ingraham Angle late last month, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) accused Schiff of running a “Soviet-style” impeachment inquiry against Trump, stating that Schiff was unnecessarily holding meetings “behind closed doors.”

The House Minority Whip hit out at Schiff for holding closed-door proceedings that did not involve classified information. He was referring to a hearing held last month in the House Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol. The SCIF is meant for classified briefs.

Scalise added that the inquiry is breaking with the due-process protections outlined in the constitution that allow both sides to call witnesses and for a U.S. President to have legal counsel to cross-examine the witnesses, as was the case for former President Richard Nixon.

Trump described the process on Nov. 11 as “such a farce.”

Schiff is giving Republicans NO WITNESSES, NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS! It is a totally one sided Witch Hunt. This cant be making the Democrats look good. Such a farce!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2019

“Schiff is giving Republicans NO WITNESSES, NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS! It is a totally one-sided Witch Hunt. This cant be making the Democrats look good,” he added.

Trumps demands for Schiff to testify also come after House Democrats on Oct. 21 voted to set aside a Republican motion to censure Schiff “for conduct that misleads the American people.” It described Schiffs version of the call transcript between Trump and Zelensky as an “egregiously false and fabricated retelling had no relationship to the call itself.”

Schiff later conceded his version of the call transcript was a “fable.”

Just like Schiff fabricated my phone call, he will fabricate the transcripts that he is making and releasing!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2019

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