President Trump fired a shot across international waters when he told a group of reports at the NATO summit in London that he believed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff was a “maniac” and a “deranged human.”
Fox News reports Trump took the question during an impromptu press conference alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A reporter asked him what he was hoping to learn from Schiff, should he be called to testify before the Senate.
“I learn nothing from Adam Schiff, I think he’s a maniac,” Trump answered, per the report. “I think Adam Schiff is a deranged human being. I think he grew up with a complex for lots of reasons that are obvious. I think he’s a very sick man, and he lies.”
“This guy is sick,” the president continued. “If he didn’t do that in the halls of Congress, he’d be thrown in jail.”
Fox News reports the jab comes after months of Schiff leading the charge to impeach him. At times, Schiff has openly lied about evidence, is preventing Republicans from calling their own witnesses, and will not require the whistleblower at the center of the scandal testify.
From Fox News:
The comments demonstrated how the impeachment fight has followed Trump even as he meets with world leaders in London on issues ranging from defense spending to ISIS. Trump focused Tuesday on a controversial move by Schiff in September, where he read out a hyperbolic account of Trump’s controversial July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I have a favor I want from you,” Schiff said in a hearing while appearing to read from a piece of paper. “And 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.”
“My summary of the president’s call was meant to be at least, part, in parody,” Schiff said. “The fact that that’s not clear is a separate problem in and of itself. Of course, the president never said, ‘If you don’t understand me I’m going to say it seven more times.’ My point is, that’s the message that the Ukraine president was receiving in not so many words.”
Watch the president’s comments below:
President Trump: "I think he is a maniac. I think Adam Schiff is a deranged human being. I think he grew up with a complex for lots of reasons that are obvious. I think he is a very sick man and he lies. He made up my conversation with the president of Ukraine." pic.twitter.com/CttF9gvCuB
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As Trump continues to represent the United States at the NATO summit, Democratic lawmakers in Washington are holding a new series of impeachment hearings. These hearings will not include any fact witnesses but will exhibit law professors and others who will answer questions on the impeachment process and the constitutional rights of the president and Congress.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.