Nine Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee signed a letter Thursday morning demanding Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) resign over his continued assertions about President Donald Trump colluding with Russians in 2016.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), read the letter into the congressional record during a hearing Schiff had put together called “Putin’s Playbook: The Kremlin’s Use of Oligarchs, Money and Intelligence in 2016 and Beyond.”
“Your repeated public statements, which implied knowledge of classified facts supporting the collusion allegations, occurred at the same time anonymous leaks of alleged intelligence and law enforcement information were appearing in the media,” Conaway read. “These leaks, often sourced to current or former Administration or intelligence officials, appeared to support the collusion allegations and were purported to be related to ongoing investigations of President Trump and his associates.”
As we now know from Attorney General William Barr’s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation (a summary Mueller has not disputed), there was no evidence of collusion and not enough evidence to support an indictment for obstruction. Schiff’s repeated claims of “more than circumstantial evidence” did not hold up.
“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,” the letter read.
Schiff, naturally, refused to resign based on the demands of Republicans. Instead, he accused Republicans of being “okay” with Russian collusion in the 2016 election. He then, again, described the infamous Trump Tower meeting where Trump’s oldest son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have “dirt” on rival candidate Hillary Clinton. Mueller was well aware of this meeting, and still found “no evidence” supporting a charge of collusion.
Schiff conveniently ignores the implication that if this meeting constitutes collusion, then didn’t Clinton’s campaign also collude with the Russian government by hiring an ex-British spy to ask for dirt on a rival candidate?
These nine Republicans are not the only ones who have been calling for Schiff’s resignation. As Julie Kelly of American Greatness noted, Trump himself called for Schiff’s head Wednesday night while appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. As The Daily Wire previously reported, White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) both called for Schiff to resign on Monday.
Schiff has, on numerous occasions over the past two years, claimed to have “evidence” of collusion that should end the Trump presidency. He has said he had “significant,” “ample,” “circumstantial,” and “more than circumstantial” evidence of collusion. Schiff has yet to provide the evidence that he has that apparently no one else — not even the special counsel — had that would prove collusion.
Instead, he has continued to make his claims and the left-wing media has allowed his narrative to overcome all evidence to the contrary. Of course Schiff won’t resign, because he will never face consequences for his actions. He provided the narrative the left-wing media wanted, and will get a pass.