Schiff: Trump's Ukraine Call Was A 'Mafia-Like Shakedown Of A Foreign Leader'
President Donald Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president was a “classic mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a press conference, Schiff said Trump clearly indicated to President Volodymyr Zelensky that the United States had done much for Ukraine — and now he wants to see something in return.
“This is how a mafia boss talks,” Schiff said. “'What have you done for us? We've done so much for you, but there isn't much reciprocity.'"
“‘I have a favor I want to ask you,’” Schiff said, continuing to play Trump’s part in the phone call. “And what is that favor? Of course, the favor is to investigate his political rival.”
A summary transcript of the phone call released by the White House on Wednesday indicated that Trump told Zelensky he wanted him to investigate his potential political opponent, Joe Biden, along with Biden’s son.
Trump made the request immediately after Zelensky mentioned his desire to purchase more anti-tank missiles from the U.S., and shortly after Trump decried the imbalance of the two countries’ relationship.