President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team is not shying away from Rep. Adam Schiff.
On Saturday morning, Deputy White House Counsel Mike Purpura played a video right at the start of his speech, showing Schiff’s “fake” summarization of the events that occurred on the call — which Schiff had admitted was satirical.
At the end of the video, Purpura blasted the House manager, saying, “That’s fake. That’s not the real call. That’s not the evidence here. That’s not the transcript that Mr. Cipollone just referenced. We can shrug it off and say we were just making light or a joke, but that was in a hearing in the United States House of Representatives discussing the removal of the President of the United States from office. There are very few things as any that we can be as grave and serious — let’s stick with the evidence.
Watch (transcript of Schiff clip below video):
Here’s what Schiff said in the video that played before the Senate by Purpura.
“What happened on the call?” Schiff asked. “Zelensky begins by ingratiating himself, and he tries to enlist the support of the president. He expresses his interest in meeting the president and says his country wants to acquire more weapons to defend itself. And what is the president’s response? Well, it reads like a classic organized crime shakedown. Shorn of its rambling character and in not so many words, this is the essence of what the president communicates.”
Schiff then pretended to be a mafioso Trump: “‘We’ve been very good to your country, very good, no other country has done as much as we have, but you know what, I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you, though. And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand, lots of it, on this and on that. I’m going to put you in touch with people, not just any people, I’m going to put you in touch with the Attorney General of the United States, my Attorney General Bill Barr. He’s got the whole weight of the American law enforcement behind him. And I’m going to put you in touch with Rudy — you’re going to love him, trust me. You know what I’m asking, and so I’m only going to say this a few more times in a few more ways. And by the way, don’t call me again, I’ll call you when you’ve done what I’ve asked.’
“This is in sum and character what the president was trying to communicate with the president of Ukraine. It would be funny if it wasn’t such a graphic betrayal of the president’s oath of office,” Schiff concluded.