"I think Adam Schiff got kneecapped," said Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) in an interview on Fox News, using a phrase sometimes associated with a mob punishment.
Democrats said it was nothing but Republicans and the President trying to focus on anything other than the evidence in the impeachment trial.
"You are not a king, nor a mafia Don," said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). "We aren’t afraid of you. But we can tell you are afraid of us."
Asked on NBC's 'Meet the Press' if he took the tweet as a threat, Schiff said that was likely the President's intent.
The President's lawyers will continue their arguments starting at 1 pm ET on Monday before the U.S. Senate - if no witnesses are called by Senators, then the trial could be over by the end of the week.