Trump echoes impeachment team in targeting Schiff

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America MORE fired off a series of early morning tweets on Sunday assailing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate MORE (D-Calif.), the lead impeachment manager, echoing the president's defense team in the Senate trial.

“The Impeachment Hoax is a massive election interference the likes of which has never been seen before. In just two hours the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats have seen their phony case absolutely shredded,” Trump said in his first tweet, referring to his legal team's opening arguments on Saturday.

“Shifty is now exposed for illegally making up my phone call, & more!” Trump added, an apparent reference to Schiff mischaracterizing the president's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is central to the Democrats' impeachment effort. Schiff has said his comments were intended as “parody,” but Trump has called for the California Democrat to be prosecuted for treason.

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In a follow-up tweet, Trump referred to Schiff as a “CORRUPT POLITICIAN” and said he has “not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”

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Trump’s defense team repeatedly attacked Schiff’s credibility this weekend, including invoking the “parody” call.

“That’s fake,” deputy White House counsel Michael Purpura said of Schiff’s remarks. “That's not the real call. That's not the evidence here.”

“They don't contest the basic architecture of this scheme,” Schiff told reporters Saturday. “They do not contest that the president solicited a foreign nation to interfere in our election, to help him cheat.”