Trump fights back against a bad faith impeachment effort by Democrat

Washington Examiner:
As Washington sneers that President Trump is not defending himself from impeachment with proper decorum, senior Trump operatives believe the establishment is wrong yet again and Trump's combative, solo-flying strategy is political pay dirt.
As another whistleblower emerged and the drumbeat for impeachment grew louder, Trump punched back in signature style over the weekend, using Twitter to accuse his principle Democratic foes of treason.
"Nancy Pelosi knew of all of the many Shifty Adam Schiff lies and massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people," he wrote.
When Bill Clinton was impeached his White House set up a war room to insulate the president against the day-to-day mud-slinging. In contrast — and in character— Trump has come out swinging.
A senior administration official admitted the strategy was a gamble but said it was already resonating with supporters.
“There are plenty of Republicans who still don’t like Trump’s style — the tweets, the off-the-cuff remarks – but they do like what he is getting done on jobs, China, trade,” the official said.
While some warn that he risks becoming bogged down in a battle that could destroy his legacy, supporters see a repeat of the 2016 campaign, when Trump rode to power embracing controversies that would have floored other opponents, deploying an us-versus-them strategy to mobilize his base.
Trump is also fighting back against his leading antagonist:
President Trump said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff should be investigated for his handling of the House probe into the president's relations with Ukraine.

Trump discussed his problems with Schiff in a press conference on Monday. The president slammed Schiff again for reading a parody of Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and Trump criticized Schiff's handling of a CIA whistleblower complaint that sparked a House impeachment inquiry against the president.

"I think Adam Schiff should be investigated for what he did. He took to the great chamber, Congress, and he made a speech, and his speech was a fraud," Trump said, referring to Schiff's opening comments in a Sept. 26 house hearing for acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.

"Everything he said was a fraud. He went out as though I wrote it. He defrauded the American people. He defrauded Congress. He defrauded himself and his family," Trump continued. "He got up and made a speech that bore no relationship to what the conversation was. I'll tell you a lot of people heard that speech and a lot of people thought that’s what I said because they heard his speech."

Schiff had claimed that he or his staff had not met with the whistleblower and had not heard of the complaint before it was filed to the intelligence community inspector general. Later news reports proved Schiff's statements false, showing that Schiff's staff on the Intelligence Committee had communicated with the whistleblower and advised the anonymous CIA agent on how to file a whistleblower complaint.
Schiff is moving toward a Star Chamber impeachment probe trying to hide the identity of his witnesses and not allowing Republicans to call witnesses of their own.


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