Trump suggests Schiff be arrested for treason for exaggerating call with Ukraine

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE on Monday suggested House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours Trump embarks on Twitter spree amid impeachment inquiry, Syria outrage House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) be arrested for treason, a crime punishable by death or prison time, for exaggerating parts of the president's call with Ukraine's leader. 

In a series of morning tweets, Trump ripped Schiff and the anonymous whistleblower who raised concerns about Trump's conduct on the call with the president of Ukraine, the latter of which has accelerated a Democratic impeachment inquiry into Trump.

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"Rep. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people," Trump tweeted. "It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?"

Schiff oversaw a hearing last week with the acting director of national intelligence to discuss the whistleblower complaint.

In his opening remarks, Schiff recounted Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by paraphrasing aspects to emphasize allegations of wrongdoing, including saying that Trump directed Zelensky to “make up dirt on my political opponent” a full “seven times.”

Schiff defended his comments during the hearing Thursday amid Republican backlash, arguing they were made partially in jest.

"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,” he said.

The president has in recent days targeted Schiff and the whistleblower on Twitter. He has insisted that his call with Zelensky, in which he urged the Ukrainian leader to "look into" Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenCNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview Yang cautions Democrats: Impeachment might not be 'successful' Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment MORE, was "perfect."

Trump on Monday also blasted the "Fake Whistleblower complaint" as a "fraud." He claimed its description of events "is not holding up," though it aligns with the White House's own rough transcript of the call and acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireSecond intel official considering filing complaint over Trump: report Overnight Defense: State approves M weapons sale to Ukraine | Pompeo rejects Dem demands for officials' testimony | Dems worry about whistleblower's safety | US, North Korea to hold talks Democrats warn GOP, Trump putting whistleblower safety at risk MORE called it "credible" and said the individual behind the complaint "did the right thing."

"The Greatest Witch Hunt in the history of our Country!" Trump tweeted Monday.

The president late Sunday said he wanted to meet the individual behind the whistleblower complaint and questioned whether those involved in sharing information about the call were spies, suggesting they deserved a harsh punishment.

The Whistleblower Protection Act makes it a violation for federal agencies to threaten retaliation against individuals who come forward to raise concerns of wrongdoing within the government.