House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff’s despicable parody reading of the Trump/Zelensky call last week is a matter of public record, and anyone can read the transcript of his account or watch the video.
So it was more than a bit perplexing to hear about how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Schiff’s stunt in an interview she did with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos Wednesday.
Stephanopoulos was a senior adviser for President Bill Clinton from 1992 to 1996, so perhaps Pelosi had that in mind when she responded to his question about whether or not it was right for Schiff to do a “dramatic interpretation” of the call.
Here’s how she answered him:
“I want the American people to know what that phone call was about. I want them to hear it. So, yeah, it’s fair. It’s sad. But it’s using the President’s own words.”
Here’s the part where I thought, well, Stephanopoulos is going to do Stephanopoulos things and let her get away with the lie (because Schiff most definitely did not use “the President’s own words” from the actual transcript). Pelosi probably thought he’d let her skate, too.
But he didn’t.
Before Pelosi could continue on with the rest of her explanation, Stephanopoulos interjected to correct her. “But those weren’t the President’s words. It was an interpretation of the President’s words. [Republicans] are saying they made this up.”
Pelosi responded by continuing to lie, telling Stephanopoulos that Schiff “did not make it up.” She then went off on a rant about how she understood her Constitutional oath of office better than her Republican colleagues did, or whatever.
Watch the exchange below:
She also told a blatant whopper at around the 1:50 mark of the interview when she more or less said the alleged quid pro quo was implied as the president was “asking for a favor to create dirt on your political opponent.”
This is just not true. Again, reading the actual transcript, at no point during the call did Trump ask Zelensky to “create dirt” on Joe Biden. It just did not happen. This is something a number of Democrats including Schiff and Ted Lieu have said about the call, and the media have let them roll with it because narratives and Orange Man Bad.
The fact that Pelosi, Schiff, Lieu, and others are just outright making up stuff that was never said during the Trump/Zelensky call says that the supposed “firm ground” they say they’re on regarding impeachment is in reality about as “firm” as quicksand.
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