Adam Schiff Just Put Trump On Notice After The President Calls For Him To Step Down For Investigating Him
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) fired back at Donald Trump after the president and other Republicans called on Schiff to resign for shedding light into the president and his family and campaign over its contacts with Russia. Schiff said he will continue with the panel’s sprawling investigation into Trump’s links to Russia, financial and otherwise, and allegations the president could be potentially “compromised” by the Kremlin or another foreign power.
Schiff at the opening of an Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia listed contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia that he described as being “not OK,” signaling he’ll fiercely defend himself from the calls to end his chairmanship.
“My colleagues may think it is OK the president’s son was offered dirt as part of an effort to help Trump,” Schiff said in his statement, pausing at times for dramatic effect.
“You might think it is OK. I don’t,” Schiff added, his voice rising as he went on.
Schiff spoke after one of the panel’s senior members, in a striking display, called for him to step down.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said Schiff had lost confidence in the panel by promoting a “demonstrably false” narrative that has damaged the “integrity” of their panel.
Conaway introduced a letter signed by all nine Republican members of the committee calling for Shiff’s resignation. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the panel who has had a fraught relationship with Schiff, was among the signatories.
The explosive moment came days after Attorney General William Barr notified Congress that Mueller’s investigation did not find evidence to conclude that members of the Trump campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.
Trump and his GOP allies have seized on the revelation, claiming it exonerates Trump and attacking Schiff and other Democrats who described what they viewed evidence of collusion over the course of Mueller’s 22-month probe.
The president earlier in a tweet on Thursday called for Schiff’s resignation from Congress.
“Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!” Trump said.
Schiff, however, is not stepping down. Instead, he said he plans to move forward with the panel’s sprawling investigation into Trump’s links to Russia, financial and otherwise, and allegations the president could be potentially “compromised” by the Kremlin or another foreign power.
Thursday’s hearing was another dramatic flashpoint for the House Intelligence Committee, a panel that has been well-known for its partisan divisions that exploded into plain sight during the committee’s first GOP-led probe into Russian interference.
Republicans abruptly ended that probe in spring of last year, despite several ongoing investigations into the Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.