President Donald Trump on Monday stepped up his criticism of US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and suggested that the lawmaker should be arrested for treason.
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. It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2019
On Sunday, Trump demanded that Congressman Schiff resign from office, accusing him of modifying the transcript of Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Trump also previously called on Schiff to be probed over the "fictitious account" of his phone talk with Zelensky.
Attempt to Impeach Trump
Earlier, House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, alleging that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to damage his political rival, Democrat Joe Biden.
Moreover, the complaint accused the White House of attempts to restrict access to the transcript of one of the conversations, during which Trump allegedly pressed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden’s son was on the board of the gas company Burisma, owned by a Ukrainian oligarch. The company was probed for corruption. While Trump admits that he discussed Joe Biden with the Ukrainian president, he denies that he tried to pressure him.
The Transcript of Trump-Zelensky Call
Following the accusations, the White House eventually released the unredacted transcript of the conversation.
Although the transcript did reveal that Trump had asked Zelensky to "look into" Biden, who in 2016 pressured Kiev to fire the lawyer investigating his son on corruption suspicions, the tape did not overtly indicate that Trump issued threats to withhold financial assistance to Ukraine.
Nevertheless, Democrats accuse Trump of using his power to request evidence against a potential competitor in the 2020 presidential race.