All nine Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee signed a letter on Thursday demanding the immediate resignation of their chair, Democrat Adam Schiff (CA).
Republicans are upset with Schiff for refusing to back down on his assertions that President Donald Trump’s campaign had inappropriate communications with Russians during the 2016 campaign. Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX) read the letter aloud on the House floor after introducing it.
GOP Letter to Schiff by on Scribd
“Your willingness to continue to promote a demonstrably false narrative is alarming,” Conaway said of Schiff. “The findings of the special counsel conclusively refute your past and present exertions, and have exposed you of having abused your position to knowingly promote false information.”
This is not true, as the only publicly available take on the Trump-Russia matter has come from Attorney General William Barr, who in a memo to Congress on Monday said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller could not establish collusion or obstruction of justice.
Barr also noted that the special counsel’s findings “do not exonerate Trump,” though Republicans and the administration have lied about that too.
Nevertheless, Republicans have weaponized Barr’s opinion and are out for blood.
“Your actions both past and present are incompatible with your duty as chairman of this committee. As such, 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.”
Trump also said on Twitter that Schiff should be “forced to resign” and accused him – without evidence – of “knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking.”
Their effort has backfired – spectacularly. Reactions on Twitter have not been kind to the Republicans who signed that letter.
EVERY SINGLE ONE of those signed is up for reelection in 2020 :
Devin Nunes https://t.co/o8Ww2aRqHf
K. Michael Conaway https://t.co/Ox6sNdfUUA
Micheal R. Turner https://t.co/sxkJ8tOHh2
Brad R. Wenstrup https://t.co/4xDnlvFlxh
— HH Lollipop🍭 (@HepityHop) March 28, 2019
I would prefer the undersigned resign in protest.
— Denise Louis 📻 (@birdyluisa) March 28, 2019
Ask away #complicitgop, ask away.
— Daniel (@danosteely) March 28, 2019
To the undersigned,
On a scale of 1 to 33, how many Benghazi hearings would you say this conduct reflects?
— SpikeHitman (@SpikeHitman) March 28, 2019
Schiff had his own powerful response to his Republican colleagues, who for nearly two years have mounted a concerted effort to prevent the truth about Trump and Russia – whatever it may be – from being revealed.