The elected next leader of the Freedom Caucus has introduced a motion to censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for his conduct during a hearing with the Director of National Intelligence regarding a phone call that President Donald Trump make to the president of Ukraine.
What is this about?
Yesterday during the testimony of Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, Schiff quoted an exaggerated version of Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine which read in part:
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, and not just any people: I'm going to put you in touch with Attorney General of the United States, my attorney general, Bill Barr. He's got the whole weight of the American law enforcement behind him and I'm going to put you in touch with Rudy [Giuliani]; you're going to love him, trust me.
You know what I'm asking, so I'm only going to say this a few more times in a few more ways. And by the way, don't call me again; I'll call you when you've done what I've asked.
While this was not what the president said, Schiff claimed that it was "in sum and character" what he had been "trying to communicate."
Trump bashed Schiff in a tweet for this, saying that he should "resign and be investigated" and that he was "a sick man!"
Rep. Adam Schiff totally made up my conversation with Ukraine President and read it to Congress and Millions. He mu… https://t.co/NODwsXNb79— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1569590958.0
What happened Now?
In a statement on Friday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said since Democrats had put an impeachment inquiry on the table over this phone call, Schiff's "blatantly false retelling of President Trump's conversation with the Ukrainian president" was "inexcusable." He accused Schiff of "toy[ing] with the process and mislead[ing] the American public."
The resolution itself described what Schiff said as an "egregiously false and fabricated retelling had no relationship to the call itself."
The House Freedom Caucus selected Biggs earlier this month as its new leader, replacing Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) who will step down on Oct. 1.