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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday intensified his attacks on a lawmaker leading the Residence of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, suggesting that congressman Adam Schiff ought to be arrested for “treason.”

Witnesses are which skill that of testify in the Residence this week in hearings connected to Trump’s quiz that a foreign power study Joe Biden, undoubtedly one of the leading Democratic candidates seeking to downside him in 2020.

A U.S. intelligence dependable filed a whistleblower complaint citing a July 25 telephone name in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to study Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas firm.

The whistleblower has no longer been publicly known.

In a collection of Twitter posts on Monday morning, Trump looked as if it may maybe per chance per chance reference feedback made by Residence Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff in some unspecified time in the future of a committee listening to last week.

In these feedback, Schiff says the resolution to Zelenskiy “reads like a normal organized crime shakedown” and parodies the president’s remarks.

“Secure. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & hideous observation, pretended it to be mine as the supreme section of my name to the Ukrainian President, and learn it aloud to Congress and the American of us. It bore NO relationship to what I said on the resolution. Arrest for Treason?” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

A spokesman for Schiff did no longer as we recount acknowledge to a quiz for comment.

Monday’s post followed a string of tweets from Trump on Sunday night in which he said he wished to fulfill the whistleblower, who he called “my accuser,” as well to “the one who illegally gave this files” to him or her.

Trump has additionally accused the whistleblower and White Residence officials who gave the whistleblower records of being spies and urged they is also guilty of treason.

Democrats accuse Trump of pressuring a inclined U.S. ally to bag grime on a rival for non-public political be triumphant in. The telephone name with Zelenskiy came after Trump iced over nearly $400 million in assist meant to assist Ukraine address an insurgency by Russian-backed separatists in the jap section of the country. The assist turned into as soon as later equipped.

The Intelligence Committee is leading the inquiry in the Democratic-led Residence which may maybe per chance per chance lead to approval of articles of impeachment against the Republican president and a subsequent trial in the Republican-led Senate on whether to take Trump from plight of job.

Schiff said on Sunday he expects the whistleblower to appear sooner than the panel very rapidly.

U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be on in some unspecified time in the future of a ceremonial swearing-in for Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia on the White Residence in Washington, U.S., September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

MOVING AHEAD

The U.S. Congress is on a two-week recess but people of the intelligence committee will return to Washington this week to assemble an investigation that is doubtless to draw new subpoenas for documents and varied area topic.

The committee is scheduled to protect a closed-door listening to on Friday with the intelligence neighborhood’s inspector total, Michael Atkinson, who has concluded that the whistleblower complaint turned into as soon as of pressing downside and seemed credible.

Residence investigators are area to clutch the first leer testimony from two of us mentioned in the whistleblower’s complaint.

On Wednesday, three Residence committees – Intelligence, International Affairs and Oversight – are which skill that of bag a deposition from worn U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who Trump labeled “unhealthy news” in some unspecified time in the future of his name with Zelenskiy.

On Thursday, the committees are area to bag a deposition from Kurt Volker, who resigned last week as Trump’s particular marketing consultant for Ukraine after the whistleblower complaint named him as undoubtedly one of two U.S. diplomats who followed up with Ukrainian officials a day after Trump’s name to Zelenskiy.

Some Residence Democrats said articles of impeachment against Trump may maybe per chance well transfer to the Residence ground as rapidly as next month.

“In my suggestions, it’s several weeks,” Residence Judiciary Committee member David Cicilline told reporters last week. “He has already admitted that he contacted a foreign leader and discussed with him ginning up a pretend myth about undoubtedly one of his political opponents.”

Final Friday, the Residence International Affairs Committee issued a subpoena to Secretary of Speak Mike Pompeo for documents connected to the Ukraine scandal. Residence Democrats additionally comprise sought area topic from the White Residence and Justice Division.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump spaeks to reporters after arriving aboard Air Force One at Joint Contaminated Andrews, Maryland, U.S. September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Characterize

Schiff said any effort by Trump to stonewall the probe can also honest be venerable to impeach him for obstructing Congress.

Trump has withstood repeated scandals since taking plight of job in 2017. Residence Democrats regarded as, but never moved forward with, pursuing articles of impeachment over Trump’s actions pertaining to to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election aimed toward boosting his candidacy.

The US has been giving protection pressure assist to Ukraine since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Reporting by David Morgan; Extra reporting by Makini Brice and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Will Dunham and Sonya Hepinstall