A new resolution to remove Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee, introduced by Republican Matt Gaetz, is gaining ground, as Republicans demand accountability for Schiff’s outspoken condemnation of President Trump.
Schiff, who has faced a litany of criticism in the wake of the recently-submitted Mueller report, is now under mounting pressure to vacate his coveted position, including the PENCIL Act, named by Gaetz as a tongue-in-cheek jab at Schiff.
The “Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses” or PENCIL Act references President Trump’s mocking “little pencil neck” term for Schiff.
Since the Mueller report vindicated President Trump of collusion and obstruction allegations, Schiff has maintained his belief that wrongdoing occurred, drawing mounting ire from Republican counterparts.
A petition has also been started that demands Schiff step down and is gaining steam.
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From The Hill:
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), one of President Trump’s closest allies on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday introduced a bill to remove Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
The Florida Republican introduced the Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses Act, or PENCIL Act, a nod to Trump’s insults calling the California lawmaker “little pencil neck Adam Schiff.”
Schiff has been one of the president’s most vociferous detractors and has spearheaded House Democrats’ efforts to investigate any possible ties the president may have with Russia.
The proposal claims that Schiff “can no longer be trusted by his colleagues in Congress or the American people” and that he “has repeatedly slandered President Donald J. Trump by falsely claiming he colluded with Russia to win the presidency.” It also calls for Schiff to have his security clearance withdrawn.
Due to his perch on the Intelligence Committee, Schiff is also part of the Gang of Eight, a group of senior lawmakers with access to top-secret intelligence information.
Republicans have hit Schiff with an avalanche of criticism since Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian election interference in 2016.
Barr said Mueller’s core findings did not find sufficient evidence to charge anyone associated with Trump’s campaign with conspiring with Russia.
A number of Intelligence Committee members called for Schiff to step down or resign from Congress following the summary report.
“It is the sense of the House of Representatives that Congressman Adam Schiff should be removed from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House and that his security clearance should be revoked immediately,” the resolution said.
Schiff has so far dismissed the GOP attacks, saying that Trump’s conduct in office and during the campaign was unacceptable even if it was not criminal.