Adam Schiff’s house of cards is falling apart all around him. Now that the Mueller investigation found no collusion with Russia, Schiff looks compromised as a leader. His Republican colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee want him to resign.
CBS News reports:
Republicans on House Intelligence Committee call on Adam Schiff to resign
Every Republican on the House Intelligence Committee is calling on Chairman Adam Schiff to resign Thursday, accusing the California Democrat of weaving a “demonstrably false” narrative of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and “undermining” the credibility of the panel.
At a hearing Thursday, Republican Rep. Mike Conaway read a letter arguing Schiff has been “at the center of a well-orchestrated media campaign claiming, among other things, the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.”
A visibly emotional Schiff, who did not know this broadside from Republicans was coming, had a strident response. At times raising his voice, he listed a litany of known and controversial interactions between the Trump campaign and Russia — including Donald Trump Jr.’s involvement in the Trump Tower meeting and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s sharing of polling data with a Russian associate…
“Your willingness to continue to promote a demonstrably false narrative is alarming,” said the letter read by Conaway. “The findings of the Special Counsel conclusively refute your past and present assertions and have exposed you as having abused your position to knowingly promote false information, having damaged the integrity of this Committee, and undermined faith in U.S. government institutions.”
Watch the video:
Rep. Mike @ConawayTX11 to Chair @RepAdamSchiff: "We have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your Constitutional responsibility and urge your immediate resignation as chairman of the committee." pic.twitter.com/ly43qIqByH
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 28, 2019
Schiff responded to this with anger and looked genuinely upset. How could he not have known this was coming?
The Week reports:
An angry Schiff shot back, accusing Republicans of ignoring major pieces of evidence that indicate collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians — that Donald Trump Jr. said he would “love” the Russian government passing along damaging information on Hillary Clinton; that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his communications with the then-Russian ambassador to the U.S.; and that Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was accused of passing along polling data to an associate with ties to Russian intelligence.
“You might think that’s OK,” Schiff said. “I don’t. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. I think it’s corrupt and evidence of collusion.” Schiff added that he has “always said that the question of whether this amounts to conspiracy is another matter. But I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. And the day we do think that’s OK is the day we will look back and say that is the day America lost its way.”
Adam Schiff goes off, lists the Trump Tower meeting, sharing of polling data, call to hack Clinton, Kushner back channel, and more: "You might say that's all OK … I think it's unpatriotic. And yes, I think it's corrupt and evidence of collusion." pic.twitter.com/ak4XxM6cvF
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 28, 2019
Schiff will not recover from this. He will probably end up stepping down at some point.