BREAKING NEWS Bear Fire: Containment now at 43% Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Chico Police searching for a bear spotted in Bidwell Park Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Sheriff's office lifts all August Complex evacuation orders for western Glenn County Full Story

Trump attacks likely House Intelligence chair as 'little Adam Schitt' on Twitter

President Donald Trump disparaged Rep. Adam Schiff in a profane tweet Sunday, misspelling his name "Schitt" ...

Posted: Nov 19, 2018 8:48 AM
Updated: Nov 19, 2018 8:48 AM

President Donald Trump disparaged Rep. Adam Schiff in a profane tweet Sunday, misspelling his name "Schitt" and accusing the likely incoming House Intelligence chairman of baselessly criticizing the appointment of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

"So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!" Trump wrote.

Adam Schiff

Companies

Continents and regions

Donald Trump

Eastern Europe

Europe

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Government organizations - US

Investigations

Law and legal system

Matt Whitaker

Political Figures - US

Politics

Robert Mueller

Russia

Russia meddling investigation

Twitter

US Congress

US federal government

US Senate

White House

2016 Presidential election

Appointments

Elections (by type)

Elections and campaigns

Political candidates

US Federal elections

US Presidential elections

Special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and like many other Department of Justice appointees, he did not require Senate confirmation for the position.

The White House did not immediately return CNN's request for comment Sunday evening on whether Trump purposely misspelled Schiff's name.

Democrats have criticized Trump's appointment of Whitaker, who now oversees Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, citing the appointee's past criticisms of the investigation.

Some Democratic lawmakers, such as Schiff, and some legal scholars -- including George Conway, the husband of Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway -- have also criticized Whitaker's appointment as unconstitutional because he was not confirmed by the Senate. Yet others have argued that the appointment is valid because he's only serving on a temporary basis under the Federal Vacancies Act.

After firing former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who angered Trump by recusing himself from issues related to the 2016 campaign, the President chose Whitaker over Rosenstein, who had overseen the Mueller probe.

Mueller's appointment and constitutional authority was upheld in August by a federal judge appointed by Trump, who wrote in an opinion that Mueller's "appointment does not violate core separation-of-powers principles."

Schiff shot back at Trump on Sunday, insinuating in a tweet that the President's lawyers are writing Trump's answers to Mueller's questions in the Russia investigation for the President.

Trump told reporters on Friday that he was personally crafting the answers to Mueller, saying, "My lawyers don't write answers. I write answers. I was asked a series of questions. I've answered them very easily."

In his response to Trump's name-calling tweet on Sunday, Schiff wrote, "Wow, Mr. President, that's a good one. Was that like your answers to Mr. Mueller's questions, or did you write this one yourself?"

In an interview on ABC News' "This Week" Sunday morning, Schiff said that Whitaker's appointment was unconstitutional and would not hold up in court.

"I think the appointment is unconstitutional," Schiff said. "He is clearly a principal officer, and the fact that he is a temporary principal officer doesn't mean that that is any less subject to Senate confirmation. Constitutionally it has to be subject to confirmation. I think they'd lose that court -- that case when it goes to the Supreme Court."

Schiff promised that House Democrats would investigate Whitaker's appointment once they take the majority in January.

"He needs to know that if he takes any action to curb what Mr. Mueller does, we're going to find out about it, we're going to expose it," he said.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 775037

Reported Deaths: 14804
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2572716324
Riverside563741143
San Bernardino51467839
Orange513991115
San Diego43619754
Kern31076340
Fresno27381348
Sacramento20961371
Alameda20162365
Santa Clara19891295
San Joaquin19701407
Stanislaus16150325
Contra Costa15544197
Tulare15486255
Ventura12073141
Imperial11457310
San Francisco1056991
San Mateo9332142
Monterey919765
Santa Barbara8785109
Merced8692131
Kings715877
Sonoma6827114
Marin6505111
Solano605455
Madera427058
Placer338541
San Luis Obispo331627
Yolo272153
Butte270433
Santa Cruz21088
Sutter162110
Napa158713
San Benito126010
Yuba11087
El Dorado10544
Mendocino81718
Lassen7300
Shasta66114
Glenn5473
Colusa4996
Nevada4975
Tehama4853
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2163
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1590
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 68°
Oroville
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 69°
Paradise
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 68°
Chester
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 63°
Red Bluff
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 66°
Willows
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 68°
Much better air quality, elevated fire danger, cooler temperatures, and the potential for showers are all ahead for your Friday. We'll be dry and warmer for your last weekend of the summer season.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events