President Donald Trump is not shy about using media to call out Democrats.
He showed that on Friday when he tweeted out a video, mocking Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for saying he had not spoken with the whistleblower and had no knowledge of the nature of the complaint while behind the scenes his staff did have contact and he himself had heard from the whistleblower about his concerns.
The video, which mocks Schiff as “Pinocchio,” was a take-off on the liberal Washington Post giving Schiff four Pinocchios, its highest rating for falsehoods. They called Schiff’s comments about not having contact with the whistleblower “flat-out false.”
The video does a good job of listing the very obvious conflicts between Schiff’s public remarks and what was going on behind the scenes.
LYIN’ SHIFTY SCHIFF! pic.twitter.com/vSZgFz9fIS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2019
From Daily Wire:
Schiff allegedly lied to the American public during the following exchange on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on September 17:
Sam Stein: “Have you heard from the whistleblower? Do you want to hear from the whistleblower? What protections could you provide to the whistleblower?” …
Schiff: “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to. But I am sure the whistleblower has concerns that he has not been advised, as the law requires, by the inspector general or the director of national Intelligence just how he is supposed to communicate with Congress, and so the risk to the whistleblower is retaliation.”
Schiff also publicly said on September 19 that they would not have even known about the complaint but for the ICIG releasing it, clearly trying to blame the administration and suggest they were withholding it from him and Congress. But, of course, he already knew about it, since it was a staffer from his committee who had referred the whistleblower to the ICIG and who said he advised Schiff. Additionally, Schiff had already received a letter from the whistleblower on August 12, detailing the concerns, containing an attachment (the complaint was dated Aug. 12) and no doubt signed by the whistleblower. Yet publicly, he never mentioned that in his September statements and, when asked about the identity of the person, claimed not to know who the whistleblower was, as the Trump video points out.
Schiff justifiably earned the ire of many when he fabricated quotes from the president during a live televised committee hearing about what was supposedly said in the Trump Ukraine phone call. He later claimed that the comments were “parody,” did not apologize for them and continued to falsely characterize the phone call in an interview with George Stephanopoulos.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tweeted in response: “When you don’t have facts on your side some just make it up. The opening statement by their ring leader was #FullofSchiff. House Dems blatantly lying to justify their impeachment inquiry is horribly timed, poorly written and badly intentioned.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) tweeted in response: “It is disturbing and outrageous that Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff opens up a hearing of this importance with improvised fake dialogue between President Trump and President Zelensky. We should focus on the facts.”