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Rep. Schiff Calls Out Trump: Saying I ‘Should Pay A Price’ Is ‘Intended’ To Be A Threat

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Rep. Schiff Calls Out Trump: Saying I ‘Should Pay A Price’ Is ‘Intended’ To Be A Threat





House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who has taken a leading role in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, said a tweet in which Trump claimed that he had “not paid the price, yet” was intended to serve as a threat.

“I don’t think it was personal to refer to the CBS story. What may be personal, though, and I think I have to be very candid about this, is I made the argument that it’s going to require moral courage to stand up to this president,” Schiff said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Schiff added that Trump is a “vindictive” president.



“I don’t think there’s any doubt about it, and if you think there is, look at the president’s tweets about me today saying that I should ‘pay a price,'” Schiff said.

“Do you take that as a threat?” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked.

“I think it’s intended to be,” Schiff responded.

Trump tweeted early Sunday morning that Schiff, whom he called a “CORRUPT POLITICIAN,” has “not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”

Schiff said Sunday he wants to speak “candidly” about the difficulty GOP senators would face in breaking from Trump but added that he doesn’t want to do it in a way that is “offensive” to them.

“It is going to be very difficult for some of these senators to stand up to this president. It really is. There’s just no question about it,” Schiff said. “I want to acknowledge that, and I don’t want to acknowledge it in a way that is offensive to them, but I do want to speak candidly about it.”

Schiff added that “if this weren’t an issue,” senators would not have a problem with calling witnesses.




“If we can’t even get the senators to agree to call witnesses in a trial, it shows you just how difficult that moral courage is,” he said.

“After having been exposed as a fraud and corrupt, can anyone, including Sleepyeyes Chuck Todd of Fake @NBCNews, continue to listen to his con?” Trump tweeted after Schiff’s on-air remarks.





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