Trump rips Chuck Todd for 'softball' Schiff interview

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE criticized NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddBiden on quarantine timelines: 'Worst thing you can do is raise expectations and then watch them get dashed' White House coronavirus coordinator: All governors and mayors need to 'prepare like New York is preparing now' Michigan governor says states bidding against each other for medical supplies is 'creating a lot more problems for us all' MORE on Sunday for what the president labeled as a "softball" interview with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCoronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Schiff: Remote voting would not compromise national security MORE (D-Calif.) on "Meet the Press."

“Sleepyeyes Chuck Todd of Meet the Corrupt Press, just had a ‘totally’ softball interview with conman Adam Schiff, never even calling Shifty out on his fraudulent statement to Congress, where he made up ALL of the words of my conversation with the Ukrainian President! FAKE NEWS,” Trump tweeted.

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Trump’s criticism comes after Democrats, led by Schiff, finished their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial last week. 

Trump has frequently criticized the California Democrat for his comments during a congressional hearing about the president’s phone call with Ukraine’s leader that sparked the impeachment inquiry. Schiff has said his comments were intended as “parody,” but Trump has called for Schiff to be prosecuted for treason over them.

As the NBC interview aired, Trump also called Schiff  a “con” in another tweet.

“After having been exposed as a fraud and corrupt, can anyone, including Sleepyeyes Chuck Todd of Fake @NBCNews, continue to listen to his con?” Trump tweeted.

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The Hill has reached out to NBC News for comment. 

During the interview, Schiff addressed a Trump tweet from earlier in the day that the congressman said was a threat

The president tweeted that Schiff had “not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”

“Do you take that as a threat?” Todd asked Schiff. 

“I think it’s intended to be,” he responded. 

Schiff said the tweet illustrates that Trump is a “vindictive” president. 

"I don't think there's any doubt about it, and if you think there is, look at the president's tweets about me today saying that I should pay a price," Schiff said. 

He also said that Republicans will need "moral courage to stand up to" Trump as the trial presses on. 

"If we can't even get the senators to agree to call witnesses in a trial, it shows you just how difficult that moral courage is," Schiff said.