Schiff says Trump is ‘weak,’ promises to call acting Attorney General Whitaker before Congress


Rep. Adam Schiff continued his public feud with President Trump on Sunday, calling him “weak” and promising to get to the bottom of Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general.

Schiff, D-Calif., who has long been a fierce critic of the president, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Trump was “not being honest” with Americans about the murder of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives in Turkey and questioned whether the president may have some personal business interests with Saudi Arabia.

“I think, in part, he feels by saying that we don’t know or that the world is a dangerous place or everybody does it, he thinks it makes him look strong,” Schiff said. “It actually makes him look weak.”

He added: “Whether this is simply an affinity he has for autocrats — he seems to choose them repeatedly over his own intelligence agencies — or whether there’s a financial motivation, in his own personal finances, we don’t know. Of course he has openly bragged about how many millions he makes from Saudi Arabia. Is his personal financial interest driving U.S. policy in the Gulf

On the appointment of Whitaker, Schiff said that he would want the acting attorney general to appear before Congress when the Democrats take over the lower house in January, to answer questions about the possibility of obstruction of justice and the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“We are going to bring Whitaker before the Congress, assuming he’s still in the position at the time when Democrats take over,” Schiff said. “One of the key decisions that the attorney general will make, whoever’s in that role, is when Bob Muller puts together a report on, among other things obstruction of justice, will that report be shared with the American people? – READ MORE

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