Politics

Trump Reams Schiff For ‘Presidential Harrassment,’ Endless Investigations

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump reamed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who announced he would open investigations into the president’s private finances in a series of morning tweets and during private conversation with an advisor.

Schiff released a statement Wednesday saying the investigation would look into “whether President Trump, his family, or his associates are or were at any time at heightened risk of, or vulnerable to, foreign exploitation, inducement, manipulation, pressure, or coercion, or have sought to influence U.S. government policy in service of foreign interests.”

Schiff did not rule out inquiry beyond these personal matters, writing, “The Committee may pursue additional lines of inquiry regarding matters that arise from the investigation, and it intends to cooperate with other congressional committees, as needed, on matters of overlapping interest.”

Donald Trump nicknames Little Adam Schiff (Getty Images)

Donald Trump nicknames Little Adam Schiff (Getty Images)

Trump’s broadsides against Schiff mimic the warning he gave in his Tuesday State of the Union address when he declared, “An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.”

He continued, “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way!”

A source close to the president who spoke with him since Schiff’s announcement said he was particularly incensed by the announcement and feared it would color future ability of the Democratic House of Representatives to reach any compromise with the White House in the next two years.

“He’s just a political hack trying to build a name for himself,” Trump said of Schiff Wednesday at an event in the Roosevelt Room, adding “It’s called presidential harassment and it is unfortunate.”