Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday that Republicans are "afraid" of what witnesses will say if brought before the Senate at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether he viewed the tweet as a threat, Schiff replied, "I think it's meant to be".
"Democratic leaders piled on the president afterwards he tweeted who Adam Schiff, the seat of the home intelligence committee, was" a corrupt politician and a very sick person".
"He hasn't paid the price yet with the people of this country who see he's been lying and very obsessed", Grisham said.
Todd asked Schiff regarding his huge gaffe Friday evening throughout the impeachment test when he estranged persuadable Republican legislators by duplicating a confidential CBS record that a Trump "confidante" had actually communicated a danger that legislators electing versus Trump in the test would certainly "have their heads on pikes".
"I haven't talked to him about it yet", Grisham answered before insisting that Trump was saying Schiff's "price" would be with the voters. Mr. Trump's team has argued that he can not be convicted or removed because he is not accused of violating a law - an argument Mr. Dershowitz said he now agreed with because he had done more research. "The House is actually the one gathering evidence for impeachment, so we're acting on what they're sending us". "Even if true, they did not allege impeachable offenses", Dershowitz told "Fox News Sunday".
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The Senate impeachment trial, which debates the two articles - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - commenced opening arguments Tuesday. And all I can say on this issue, this ought to be instructive to anyone here that if you're pushing the envelope or doing things that may not feel right, let alone be right, you better be careful.
But he said the timing - just before the first full day of argument by the White House team - fueled suspicion it was part of an organized effort and that the senators may not react as the leakers intended.
Meanwhile, Trump is already looking ahead to his likely acquittal, whenever it may come, promising that Democrats will face consequences for trying to remove him from office. Lankford said the House had earlier opportunities to call witnesses, but neglected to do so. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME - have criticized Schiff for referencing the report, maintaining that the White House has not threatened them to vote against calling witnesses.
Dershowitz replied that he has done extensive research since then and has concluded that "no, it has to be a crime".
In so doing, Mr. Schiff angered several centrist or swing-state Republicans - including Senators Collins and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - who are potential votes in favor of having witnesses. "I don't want to acknowledge it in a way that is offensive to them, but I do want to speak candidly about it - and if this weren't an issue, there wouldn't be an issue about calling witnesses".