Schiff says Trump tweet intended as threat, White House denies it
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Schiff says Trump tweet intended as threat, White House denies it

President tweets that lead prosecutor in impeachment trial ‘has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!’

House Democratic impeachment managers, from left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., speak at the Capitol in Washington, to discuss the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Democratic impeachment managers, from left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., speak at the Capitol in Washington, to discuss the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Adam Schiff said a tweet from US President Donald Trump on Sunday morning was “intended” to be a threat. The White House denied the claim.

Schiff, D- Calif., is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the lead prosecutor in Trump’s impeachment hearing in the Senate. He has been praised and vilified for his closing arguments in the trial on Thursday.

Trump tweeted on Sunday that “Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”

When asked by host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether he took the tweet as a threat, Schiff responded: “I think it’s intended to be.”

“This is a wrathful and vindictive president; I don’t think there’s any doubt about it,” Schiff added. “And if you think there is, look at the president’s tweets about me today, saying that I should ‘pay a price.’”

Trump also tweeted that the “Impeachment Hoax is a massive election interference the likes of which has never been seen before,” and attacked Todd, referring to him as “Sleepyeyes” and saying the Meet The Press host’s interview was “softball.”

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham later told Fox News that Trump was not threatening Schiff.

“I think that people, and this has been a theme actually throughout this process, people put meanings behind what he says,” Grisham said in an interview on Fox News. “The president speaks in a very unique way, he’s a counterpuncher, he’s saying what it’s on his mind.”

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