Adam Schiff enrages senators with ‘head on a pike’ gossip: ‘Every one of us knows that’s not true’

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GOP senators torched Adam Schiff, saying he’s lying when he claimed that President Trump had warned senators that their “head will be on a pike” if they vote for impeachment. (screenshot)

Republicans blasted Congressman Adam Schiff for citing unverified gossip from an anonymous Trump “confidant” claiming the president had warned GOP senators that “your head will be on a pike” if they convict him in the Senate impeachment trial.

Schiff said during his closing remarks: “CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that GOP senators were warned: Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.”


(Video: C-Span)

After Schiff repeated the anonymous gossip, swing-vote Republican senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said: “that’s not true.”

Collins and Murkowski are frequent Trump critics who have openly defied and rebuked the President on numerous occasions. So the idea that they would heed an alleged warning like that is laughable.

The Hill’s Scott Wong quoted Senator Murkowski when he tweeted: “That’s where he lost me. I think he did fine until he overreached.”

Republican Senator James Lankford told reporters afterward:  “That is completely, totally false. All of us were shaking our heads, like where did that story come from? And Adam Schiff just kept saying it. The whole room was visibly upset on our side of it. That’s insulting and demeaning.”

Senator John Barrasso told reporters that, “No Republican Senator has been told that.”

Barrasso pointed out that Adam Schiff has a well-documented history of lying, so this latest fabrication is not surprising. “What he has proven to all of us is that he is capable of falsehoods, that he would tell it to the country when every one of us knows it’s not true,” Barrasso said.

Senator Barrasso said Schiff “offended every Republican senator” by repeating that unverified gossip.

CNN “liberal hack” Manu Raju said Susan Collins rubbished the anonymous CBS News report.

“She shook her head and said, ‘No they didn’t. No, that’s not true.'”

Senator Collins added: “Not only have I never heard the ‘head on the pike’ line but also I know of no Republican Senator who has been threatened in any way by anyone in the Administration.”

Adam Schiff has proven once again that he’s his own worst enemy by overplaying his hand when trying to damage President Trump. Instead of people talking about the substance of his claims, Schiff distracted everyone with his “head-on-a-pike” gossip.

First of all, if Schiff wants Republicans to vote against Trump, he shouldn’t alienate and insult them. But that’s exactly what he did.

Second, GOP senators know that if they vote to convict Trump, it’s not Trump’s wrath they fear, but that of their constituents back home who elected them.

As numerous constitutional scholars have pointed out, this impeachment is unconstitutional because it doesn’t allege an impeachable crime.

“[Democrats] have created open-ended criteria which bear no relationship to the words of the Constitution itself,” said Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz. “If President Trump is impeached, it will set a terrible precedent which will weaponize impeachment.”

Dershowitz underscored that “it would be unconstitutional for President Trump to be impeached on the current record. It would be an utter abuse of the power of Congress.”

“The Constitution sets out four criteria for impeaching a president: Treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Unless one of those criteria is met, Congress does not have the authority to impeach. They would be abusing their power if they impeached President Trump on this record.”

Reminder: Democrat Al Green suggested that President Trump should be impeached as punishment for slavery.

Keep in mind that Republicans ended slavery in the United States in 1865. Donald Trump wasn’t born until 1946.

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