On Friday, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-NY) ended his closing arguments during Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial. Now, he is being criticized for bringing up the White House’s supposed threatening of GOP senators.
CBS had reported on Friday that a Trump confidante said that GOP senators were warned by the White House that “a vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.”
Schiff brought up the comment as he concluded his opening arguments, and now Republicans are livid. According to POLITICO:
‘Lisa Murkowski thought Adam Schiff was doing a pretty good job prosecuting the case against President Donald Trump as he made his opening arguments. That is, until he read an anonymous quote warning Republican senators to vote with Trump or end up with their “head on a pike.”‘
‘I thought he was doing fine with moral courage until he got to the head on a pike. That’s where he lost me…he’s a good orator. You’ve got to give him that. And he was moving right along with good oratory…it was just unnecessary.’
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) tweeted out POLITICO‘s story, referencing the GOP’s supposed rage at Schiff’s words.
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) January 25, 2020
People were quick to respond to Cornyn with outrage.
According to POLITICO:
‘Schiff’s comment in the Senate chamber was clearly a key moment in Schiff’s trial, and it came at the end of another long day in which the California Democrat otherwise effectively prosecuted the case that Trump abused his power in requesting investigations into his political opponents and withheld aid to Ukraine.’