House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) who is also the main House Democratic manager in the Senate impeachment trial has been spinning madly in the hopes of trying to peel away some of the Republican senators.
But once again, he may have just stepped in it big time with another apparent fabrication.
Schiff claimed on the floor of the Senate that the President Donald Trump threatened GOP senators their “head on a pike” if they voted against him.
From Fox News:
“CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that key senators were warned, ‘Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.’ I don’t know if that’s true,” Schiff said, while trying to persuade his Senate colleagues to vote with “moral courage” rather than in their political self-interest.
He didn’t “know if that’s true” but typical Schiff, he repeated it for the little television audience he might have left to smear the president.
That enraged all the Republicans including the potential swing people who Schiff was hoping to flip and that’s the last memory they take away from his presentation.
Many could be heard from the floor saying that’s not true, including both Sen. Susans Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Several senators in the room shook their heads, audibly said “that’s not true.” Ernst and McSally — two of those swing states Schiff has been talking about! — were visibly upset as they whispered about it after.
— Emily Cochrane (@ESCochrane) January 25, 2020
“That’s not true,” Susan Collins said several times on the floor, shaking her head when Schiff cited a news report saying WH warned senators that a vote against Trump means “your head will be on a pike.” Risch also said aloud: “That’s not true.” Cotton laughed when Schiff said it
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 25, 2020
Republicans are INCENSED about Adam Schiff’s comment about the CBS report that senators had been warned they’d have their “head on a pike” if they convict.
“He lost me there,” Lisa Murkowski said.
John Barrasso blasted Schiff for “spread falsehoods … on the Senate floor.”
— Griffin Connolly (@GriffinConnolly) January 25, 2020
Sen. Barasso said Schiff "offended every Republican senator" and that no Republican had been told that, referring to the CBS report
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 25, 2020
“I thought he was doing fine with [talking about] moral courage until he got to the ‘head on a pike.’ That’s where he lost me,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who has said she might be open to calling witnesses in the trial, told reporters. “He’s a good orator. … It was just unnecessary.” [….]
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, considered another key Republican vote, agreed with Murkowski.
“Not only have I never heard the ‘head on the pike’ line but also I know of no Republican senator who has been threatened in any way by anyone in the administration,” she told reporters.
He should have lost Murkowski far before that, but fine as long as she’s understanding he’s full of it.
Others blasted Schiff for his claims.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said, “No Republican senator has been told that. What he has proven to all of us is, he is capable of falsehoods and will tell it to the country. And would tell it to us when we are sitting in the Senate chamber. When every one of us knows it is not true.”
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who has also said he would be open to witnesses, told reporters it’s “completely, totally false.”
“None of us have been told that,” he said. “That’s insulting and demeaning to everyone to say that we somehow live in fear and that the president has threatened all of us.″
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, called the story “baloney.” She said she was listening to Schiff, “until he got to the part where he just completely made a bunch of bullcrap up.”
Schiff even managed to annoy some Democrats with his claim, including Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) who said
“That could have been left out, that’s for sure.”
This isn’t the first time that Democrats have stepped in it with the presentation, offending the votes they may need.
As we reported, Rep. Jerrold Nadler offended GOP members on Wednesday by claiming that if GOP members voted against allowing new testimony and evidence they were engaged in a “cover-up.”
That ticked off Murkowski among others. “I took it as offensive,” she told reporters. “As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended.”
Nadler was also scolded by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO).
“I mean, that’s an extraordinary thing to say on the floor of the United States Senate, the middle of the trial, and that’s what drew the rebuke and rightly so,” Hawley said. “I can tell you, there was an open, open gasping on the Senate floor when Nadler was saying these things. I mean, it’s really, really extraordinary.”
He made it clear that Nadler stepped in it with that: “If the goal was to persuade, they took a huge step backward last night.”