During a recent interview, Republican Jason Chaffetz echoed similar calls from his colleagues and demanded that Democrat Adam Schiff resign from his position as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, also suggesting Schiff lose his security clearance.
In the wake of the recently-submitted Mueller report, which cleared President Trump of allegations of collusion with Russia, Chaffetz said “the one that has been the most discredited through this entire process is Adam Schiff.”
“I think [Schiff] should lose his security clearance, and I don’t think he should be on the House intelligence committee,” Chaffetz asserted, adding, “I wish the Republicans would gather in force and demand that change.”
Chaffetz continued, “It is a privilege to sit on this committee, but [Schiff has] used the guise of ‘hey, I see classified information and nobody else does, and I’m telling you I’ve seen it first-hand.’
“He’s the only person on the planet, because he’s making it up and he shouldn’t have a security clearance if you’re going to act like that,” Chaffetz added.
Schiff, who was one of the most vocal propagators of the allegations of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice against President Trump, has faced growing calls to resign from his position in light of the Mueller report’s results.
From The Daily Caller:
Former GOP Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Republicans should target Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff’s security clearance, following the release of the Mueller report.
“I think the one that has been the most discredited through this entire process is Adam Schiff,” Chaffetz said Thursday on “Varney & Company.”
“I think he should lose his security clearance and I don’t think he should be on the House intelligence committee,” Chaffetz continued. “I wish the Republicans would gather in force and demand that change. Nancy Pelosi knows better. It is a privilege to sit on this committee but he’s used the guise of ‘hey, I see classified information and nobody else does and I’m telling you I’ve seen it first-hand.’ He’s the only person on the planet because he’s making it up and he shouldn’t have a security clearance if you’re going to act like that.”
He also claimed President Donald Trump fully cooperated with the Russia probe and cleared himself, but insisted on a new investigation to find out how the allegations began.
“[Trump’s] had to sit back for the last two years, and think about it. All the Democrats tried to do is say ‘oh, he was going to take out Mueller. He was going to do this, he was going to do that.’ He didn’t do anything. He waived privilege, he gave them tons of documents, access to all the emails,” Chaffetz said earlier in the interview.
“Donald Trump Jr. was in there for hours and hours testifying. I don’t know that the president could have done any more for openness and transparency through this investigation. And it turned out exactly the way he said. He’s in the clear. But now there has to be a review of how this whole fiasco started.”