House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., came under fire on Thursday for reading his own “parody” version of President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky without noting he’d made it all up.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire was on Capitol Hill to defend his handling of the explosive whistleblower complaint alleging President Trump pressured his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate the Biden family.
The complaint contains allegations related to Trump’s call with Zelensky in July, when he urged him to investigate alleged corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
The White House on Wednesday released an unclassified version of the transcript of the phone call. The memo, which does not reflect a “verbatim transcript” but is based on “notes and recollections” of those memorializing the call, shows Trump congratulating Zelensky on his election victory before Trump eventually gets to the subject of the Bidens, seeking an investigation of some kind.
However, Schiff’s improvised version of the call was exaggerated, apparently for dramatic effect.
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