Speaking on Sunday, Trey Gowdy admonished Democrat Adam Schiff, currently the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, who he called a “deeply partisan person” while marveling at the recent call for Schiff’s resignation as Committee Chairman.
“We never voted to remove, or ask a chairperson to step down,” Gowdy said of his time on the Intelligence Committee, noting, “Never seen that before.”
Gowdy said Schiff “did everything he could to make sure Hillary Clinton became president, and he’s done everything he could to keep a cloud over the Trump presidency,” regarding Schiff’s insistence that the president colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
Additionally, Gowdy went on to speculate that intelligence community agencies, such as the CIA, could potentially cease giving information to the House Intel Committee due to Schiff’s behavior, as well as his purported tendency to leak information.
From The Western Journal:
Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy predicted Sunday that the U.S. intelligence community may stop providing information to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff because he “leaks like a screen door on a submarine.”
Gowdy was asked to weigh in on Republicans’ decision on Thursday to call on Schiff to step down as chairman of the House panel.
“Never seen that before,” said Gowdy, who served on the intelligence panel before leaving Congress in January. “We never voted to remove or ask a chairperson to step down.”
“Adam is a deeply partisan person. He did everything he could to make sure Hillary Clinton became president. And he’s done everything he could to keep a cloud over the Trump presidency,” Gowdy said of Schiff.
Gowdy suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could potentially remove Schiff as chairman of the committee. He also said that the CIA and other intelligence community agencies could withhold intelligence from Schiff.
“The next thing that’s going to happen is the … different intelligence entities are going to say, ‘You know what, Chairman Schiff, if you don’t believe the information we provide to you … if you have the president of the United States not just indicted but in jail and you continue to leak like a screen door on a submarine, we’re going to quit giving you information,” Gowdy said.
“That’s when Pelosi will replace Adam Schiff with someone like (Connecticut Rep.) Jim Himes, who is someone who is … smarter and a lot more reasonable.”
Schiff was a leading voice among Democrats accusing President Trump and his associates of colluding with Russians to influence the 2016 election.
In May 2017, he said that he had seen “more than circumstantial evidence” of collusion.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to have seen different evidence. In a report delivered to the Justice Department on March 22, Mueller said that prosecutors “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Schiff has long been accused of leaking information to the media regarding the Russia probe.