On Dec. 3, 2019, the bustatroll.org website published an article positing that Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, had paid witnesses an aggregate amount of $40 million in taxpayer money to testify against President Donald Trump in impeachment proceedings:
More corruption from the Democrats today as reports from Capitol Hill suggest that Shifty Adam Schiff has not only been leading an illegal coup against the President, but paying the witnesses with taxpayer dollars. According to our source inside the Congressman’s office, the treachery goes far beyond mere bribery:
“We have almost gathered the proof necessary to go public to the mainstream media about what’s really going on here. Schiff and the Dems have been paying witnesses huge amounts of money to testify against Trump.”
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