House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) demanded that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) resign from his position in the committee in light of his pushing of collusion allegations against President Donald Trump, stating that the California Democrat “owes the American public an apology.”
McCarthy — the top Republican in the House of Representatives — called on his House colleague to apologize to the public and resign from his post as the head of the House Intelligence Committee following the release of the key findings from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that stated there was no collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government.
“[Schiff] owes the American public an apology. Schiff has met the standard that he has imposed on other members of Congress of when they should step back from their positions. He has exceeded that standard, and there is no question he should step down from the Intel chairmanship.”
Schiff — a vocal critic of the president — had repeatedly claimed in the past that Trump colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election. He doubled down on this claim Sunday, saying that he still believed there was “significant evidence of collusion” between Russia and the Trump campaign in light of reports detailing that Mueller recommended no further indictments.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway similarly called for Schiff’s resignation on Monday.
“He ought to resign today,” Conway said. “He has been on every TV show 50 times a day for practically the last two years promising Americans that the president would be impeached or indicted.”
McCarthy and Conway are among the Republicans going after Schiff and other Democrats following the delivery of the key findings from the highly publicized Mueller report.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) weighed in on the report in a Sunday tweet, saying that the “lies” from Schiff, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), and House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) “should have repercussions.”
#MuellerReport confirms what Trump always said: no collusion.
Despite wishes of some partisans, this is GOOD news.
Their lies should have repercussions. America deserves better.
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) March 25, 2019
The demands for Schiff’s departure from his chairmanship come a day after Attorney General William Barr handed the key findings from Mueller’s investigation to Congress. Barr’s letter detailing the findings included a quote from Mueller’s report stating that Mueller’s team “did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.”