Donald Trump Blows A Gasket At Hollywood’s Congressman Online & On Live TV As Whistleblower Hearing Wraps Up

A critical day in the administration of the 45th POTUS turned into a live media fist fight between two determined rivals Shutterstock

No one is ever going to accuse Donald Trump of being the kind of guy to benignly take a slap on the cheek. However, today the one-time Celebrity Apprentice host went truly ballistic on live television over the burgeoning Ukraine scandal and Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire’s just-wrapped testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

“I just watched a little bit of this on television, it’s a disgrace to our country,” Trump said Thursday in front of cameras on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base, minutes after Air Force One had landed from days of awkward UN meetings in New York City.

“It’s Adam Schiff and his crew making up stories and sitting there like pious, whatever you want to call them,” a clearly rattled Trump added in a near incoherent rant against the media-savvy California congressman, who chairs the Intelligence Committee and helmed Thursday’s hearing. Barely catching a breath and taking no questions from journalists, the besieged POTUS also spewed a bullet-point litany of accusations against Joe Biden, listing his own administration’s accomplishments and suggesting the courts should get involved in stopping the growing impeachment inquiry.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the long awaited inquiry Tuesday as more information about Trump’s alleged effort to strong-arm a foreign government for political gain in the 2020 election came to light.

With cable news and online publications split almost as harshly along partisan lines as Democrats and the GOP, the often apparently forgetful Maguire was in the hot seat this morning over a whistleblower complaint and the subsequent alleged cover-up over Trump’s conduct on a call with the newly elected president of the Ukraine earlier this year. Also, the New York Times wrote Thursday that Trump railed to a small group of aides and others this morning about the complaint and the person who made it.

“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right?” Trump is claimed to have said at the U.S. Mission to the UN in New York before heading back to D.C. “We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”

“Adam Schiff doesn’t talk about Joe Biden and his son walking away with millions of dollars from Ukraine and then millions of dollars from China,” Trump said to the media before getting on Marine One at Andrews and resurrecting old and seemingly untrue slanders against the family of the man who may be the Democrats’ Presidential nominee in 2020 – accusations that CNN moved fast to fact-check as Trump was still speaking.

Even before Trump’s TV barrage, POTUS took to social media from Air Force One to attack frequent cable news guest Schiff, whose district encompasses much of Hollywood:

Informed of the tweet as he was speaking to reporters just after Intelligence Committee concluded, Schiff quipped: “I’m always flattered when I’m attacked by someone of the President’s character.”

Both masters of the media, Schiff and Trump have clashed repeatedly since the latter was sworn into office in January 2017.

The already high drama of this morning kicked off when the House Intelligence Committee released the actual complaint and unveiling that the whistleblower had “information from multiple U.S. government officials that the president of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election. This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the president’s main domestic political rivals.”

Maguire’s day on Capitol Hill isn’t over.

The Acting DNI boss is currently meeting with senators behind closed doors about the Ukraine matter and Trump’s seemingly politically inspired actions. Keeping his own counsel so far, ex-Vice President Biden is in the L.A. area today for another round of deep-pocketed fundraisers with some of the Democrats’ biggest donors after appearing on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2019/09/whistleblower-hearing-donald-trump-attacks-adam-schiff-live-tv-twitter-joseph-maguire-joe-biden-ukraine-1202745546/