Rep. Adam Schiff says he will continue to serve as chair of the House Intelligence Committee despite calls for his resignation following special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation not supporting his statements there was “plenty of evidence of collusion.”
“The attacks by Mr. Trump and his allies are not particularly new and I expect they will continue as long as he is in office but I am going to continue to do my oversight job,” the California Democrat told The New York Times
Mr. Schiff claimed Mr. Mueller’s ongoing report would find collusion, telling CBS’ “Face the Nation” in August, “I think there’s plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy in plain sight” between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.
“Now that’s a different statement than saying that there’s proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a criminal conspiracy, Bob Mueller will have to determine that,” he added.
Many Republican lawmakers and administration officials have said Mr. Schiff should resign following Attorney General William P. Barr’s determination Sunday that Mr. Mueller’s report effectively cleared President Trump and his campaign from any collusion with Russia.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Monday Mr. Schiff should resign following President Trump being cleared of collusion by special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“He ought to resign today. He’s been on every TV show 50 times a day for practically the last two years promising Americans that this president would either be impeached or indicted,” she said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” program.
A spokesperson for House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise agreed with Mrs. Conway.
“For years, Adam Schiff took every chance he could to falsely claim that he had concrete proof that President Trump colluded with Russia. Mueller’s report exposed that as a lie once and for all, stripping Schiff of any credibility he may have had,” she said in a statement to HuffPost.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Mr. Schiff, telling Politico “Democrats aren’t going to be intimidated by the White House or congressional Republicans.”