President Donald Trump had some scathing words about the Impeachment Inquiry Hearings and House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, saying that he is “deranged.”
Speaking at the NATO Summit in London, he told reporters the hearings – which are now before the House Judiciary Committee — are nothing more than a “witch hunt.”
“I’ve learned nothing from Adam Schiff,” he said.
“I think he’s a maniac. Adam Schiff is a deranged human being. I think he grew up with a complex for lots of reasons that are obvious. I think he is a very sick man. And he lies. Adam Schiff made up my conversation with the president of Ukraine.”
On Fox News, the president expanded on his remarks.
“I said, who made up that statement,” Trump said in a phone interview.
“Well, there’s only one person I want more than “where’s Hunter (Biden) and that’s Adam Schiff,” noting that he wanted former Vice President Joe Biden’s son and Schiff to testify before Congress.
“I want to see Adam Schiff testify about the whistleblower because the whistleblower report … It bore no relationship (to the phone call). It said there were seven or eight quid pro quos. There were none.”
Trump released a statement of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky after Schiff re-enacted the conversation between the two world leaders. Zelensky has said on several occasions that Trump did not pressure him to investigate Hunter Biden for alleged corruption.
In his re-eanctment, Schiff suggested Trump was acting like a gangster and read a script of what was supposedly said between Trump and Zelensky. He later said his re-enactment was a parody.
Trump also said today that he would return from the NATO Summit before the final press briefing, noting that there have already been several press conferences during the meeting.
In Washington, four law professors testified about legal grounds for impeachment before the House Judiciary Committee.
Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan said the president’s conduct was “so egregious it merits the drastic remedy of impeachment.”
Two other law professors called by the Democrats also said Trump’s conduct meets the standard for impeachment. The sole professor Republicans were allowed to call by the Democrat-controlled committee said the threshold for impeachment has not been met.
George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley noted everyone seems to be mad – even his dog. He added that anger is not enough to merit impeachment.
“If the House proceeds solely on the Ukrainian allegations, this impeachment would stand out among modern impeachments as the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president,” he said in his opening statement.
“That does not bode well for future presidents who are working in a country often sharply, and at times, bitterly divided.”
On Tuesday, House Democrats released their impeachment report based on earlier hearings by Schiff’s committee. It argued that Trump abused his power during the call with the Ukrainian president. The report said the President “placed his own personal and political interests above national interests of the United States.”