Nancy Pelosi Defends Adam Schiff: ‘What is the President Afraid Of?’
House speaker defends Democrats holding on to old Russia narrative
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) after President Trump and other top Republicans called for him to resign from Congress.
Pelosi claimed critics of Schiff are desperately attacking him to 'distract' from 'facts' surrounding Trump's alleged dealings with Russian figures.
Even though Mueller's report on Monday completely cleared Trump of Russian collusion, Schiff and committee Democrats can't seem to let go of old narrative.
"What is the president afraid of? Is he afraid of the truth, that he would go after ... a respected chairman of a committee in the Congress? I think they're just scaredy cats; they just don't know what to do. So they have to make an attack," Pelosi said during a press briefing.
"It's their own insecurity, their own fear of the truth, their fear of the facts, and their fear of an effective patriotic leader, in his measured way, who's going to make sure the American people know the truth," she added.
Schiff came under huge criticism following the conclusion of Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation.
Attorney General William Barr gave a brief outline declaring the probe found no criminal conspiracy between Russia and Trump's team.
Schiff, along with other Democrats, frequented cable news programs insisting that there was "enough evidence" that Trump had "colluded" with Russia to win the Presidency.
“There was a big difference between whether there was evidence of collusion — and I think that evidence is in plain sight — and whether you can establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a criminal conspiracy,” he told CNN on Monday.
A letter was delivered to Schiff by all nine Republican members of the Intelligence Committee urging him to relinquish his gavel.
Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
"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 this committee,” said Rep. Mike Conaway.
Trump also called Schiff to resign from Congress.
"Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!" Trump tweeted.
But Schiff arrogantly accused Republicans of whitewashing well-established contacts between Russian figures and Trump's campaign, inclduing the meeting with the president's eldest son in the Trump Tower in 2016.
Pelosi called the criticisms "shameful, sad [and] irresponsible," and slammed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — for what she described as "almost criminal behavior."
On Wednesday, Pelosi reassured concerned Democrats Tuesday that the House will endeavor the retrieve the full contents of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report
The House Speaker in a closed-door meeting Tuesday asked Democrats to “handle this professionally, officially, patriotically, strategically" and told them to “be calm” before asking them to “take a deep breath," according to s source present in the room.