Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff

Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE called on lawmakers to vote in favor of censuring House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats sharpen their message on impeachment White House struggles to get in sync on impeachment Hillicon Valley: Microsoft pushes for DACA fix ahead of court hearing | Twitter seeks feedback on 'deepfakes' | Trump officials unveil plan to notify public of 2020 interference MORE (D-Calif.) over Schiff's paraphrased recounting of Trump's comments on his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

"Hope all House Republicans, and honest House Democrats, will vote to CENSURE Rep. Adam Schiff tomorrow for his brazen and unlawful act of fabricating (making up) a totally phony conversation with the Ukraine President and U.S. President, me. Most have never seen such a thing!" he tweeted Wednesday night.  

Schiff, when discussing a rough transcript of the Trump-Zelensky call, paraphrased at certain points, saying that Trump told Zelensky to “make up dirt on my political opponent.”

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House Republicans were expected to force a vote this week on a resolution to censure Schiff. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) accused Schiff of "a false retelling of the conversation between President Trump and President Zelensky."

"These actions of Chairman Schiff misled the American people, bring disrepute upon the House of Representatives, and make a mockery of the impeachment process," it says.  

Schiff defended his comments, saying they were partially a parody. 

"My summary of the president’s call was meant to be, at least part, in parody. The fact that that’s not clear is a separate problem in and of itself," he said last month. 

"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 added.

The resolution faces an uphill battle in the Democrat-led chamber. 

The call between Trump and Zelensky is at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. The lawmakers launched the investigation after revelations that Trump asked Zelensky to look into Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment Biden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running MORE.

Trump has denied wrongdoing. He has repeatedly gone after Schiff, whose committee is one of three conducting the impeachment probe.