CBS News reported this week that a friend of the president's threatened U.S. senators if they were thinking of voting in support of witnesses.
“Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike," the Trump confidant said.
In opening statements, House managers examined the debunked conspiracy theories invoked by Pres. Trump. A @POTUS… https://t.co/oZ0oJCxx1U— CBS Evening News (@CBS Evening News)1579822803.0
According to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), however, it was a lie and no one ever said it.
CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Collins audibly disputed Schiff's quote of the story during the trial.
"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.
Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Jim Risch (R-ID) also denied it was said.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso (R-WY) also said that the report was false.
Republicans are INCENSED about Adam Schiff’s comment about the CBS report that senators had been warned they’d have… https://t.co/oQkiM6nGy7— Griffin Connolly (@Griffin Connolly)1579918140.0
“He was doing fine with moral courage until he got to the head on the pike. That's where he lost me,” Murkowski said, per CNN's Jeff Zeleny. “He’s a good orator you got to give him that ... He was moving right along ...and then he got to a couple places and it was just unnecessary.”
“He was doing fine with moral courage until he got to the head on the pike. That's where he lost me,” Murkowksi sai… https://t.co/7wmURMwQQR— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1579919624.0
It's unclear if these Republicans haven't seen the report, or they are questioning whether CBS News is falsifying reporting.
See Raju's report below: