Three months after the new Democratic Congress, the party's party war is more intense than ever.
The 10-year-old Democrat in California, Shif became the face of President Donald Trump's Democratic experience in the first two years of his presidency, raising his national profile and turning Schiff into a keynote on TV and on options pages when new things were revealed about the contacts between Trump and the Russians.
But the investigation by special attorney Robert Muller did not establish a criminal plot between the Trump team and the Russian government, according to a summary published Sunday by Chief Prosecutor Bill Barr, the Republicans who have long been shuffled to Shif have attacked until 1
Trump attacks Shif at his rally on Thursday and writes that he has to resign from Congress. The leaders of the Republican House on Monday began calling on Schiff to step down as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee. One of the Republicans in the panel compares Shif's comments on the former Communist hunt of Communism of the 1950s.
And on Thursday, the nine House of Intelligence Republican Republicans announced at the beginning of the public hearing that they had signed a letter, Schif's withdrawal from his post
. "Your past and current actions are incompatible with your position as chairman of this committee, "said Texas. reading the letter at the hearing. "We have no faith in your ability to carry out your duties in a way that is in line with your constitutional responsibility and urge you to immediately resign as chairman of this commission."
While previously criticized by the PP, Thursday's hearing is an escalation of Schiff's control as the leader of the ongoing investigation of Congress in relation to Trump and Russia in an investigation by Washington after Muller.
Schiff fights back
Schif showed no signs of retreat.
Envisioning the ambush yesterday, Schiff gave a crying refutation to the Republican letter, pointing to a file on alleged crimes, including the Trump Tower in June 2016, in which a Russian lawyer suggested "dirt." Roger Stone for WikiLeaks, and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who are lying about sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States. "It can be said that everything is fine, it can be said that what you have to do is win," Schif said, "but I do not think he's OK. I think it is immoral, I think it is unethical, I think it is non-patriotic and yes, I think it is corrupt and evidence of a collusive agreement. "
This is not the first time the MPs were in the throats of the Intelligence Committee In fact, two years ago this month, Democrats urged Deputy Prime Minister Devin Nunes to withdraw from the Russian investigation after the Republicans in California secretly made a trip to the White House and said he had received evidence that the Obama administration had collected surveillance of Campaign
Nunez temporarily withdrew from the investigation of Russia, although he remains the chairman and is now the top republican representative, but the episode created a culture of mistrust and suspicion for the committee that broke out in the course of a one-year Russian investigation and the release of the classified Nouns Memo of 2018 for FBI Abusive Surveillance
The committee's legislators say they are mostly in a position to to leave aside its vices on issues unrelated to the Russian investigation. But even that will be tested against the backdrop of the latest battle for Muller, Russia, and collusion.
Perhaps the most striking sign of tension in the committee was on Thursday when reporter Mike Turner, a Ohio Republican, accused Schiff of McCarthy.
"With McCarthy, Russia pursues the Russian Communists," Turner said at the hearing. "And now we have Shif, pursuing Russian agreements and those who would have colluded."
Schiff has not shown that he is considering withdrawing, and House President Nancy Pelosi has furiously defended the chairman on Thursday.
What's Happening Now?
Schiff plans to continue his extended investigation into the president, which he announced last month. The investigation includes an investigation into Trump's finances, something he suggests, goes beyond the scope of Muller's probe.
But the Republicans took advantage of the Bar's report on Muller's report to summon Schiff to stop his investigation and accuse him of lying when he claims to have said. there was evidence of collusion.
"Go and look at the whole strip of every national television show you can imagine, some of the strangest claims that have been made, and now Muller's report is coming out, and it is clear that these allegations are unfounded. "Schif said critics said there was a difference between Muller's criminal investigation and Trump's counterpoint investigation, even if Mueller did not establish a criminal plot, Schiff said, there is evidence for collusion. " OVA that the letter of Bar says that Mueller can not establish criminal conspiracy … This does not mean that there is no evidence. There is, "said Schiff. "I think these interactions with the Russians I listed earlier are evidence of a … collusion.
The yesterday's meeting was held with policy experts, including former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFol, to discuss Russian money laundering. The hearing, however, became a de facto debate in the investigation commission of Russia, with several Republicans engaging rather with Schiff rather than with questions to the witnesses.
Schif discusses, for example, Rep. Officer, over the findings of the republican committee raising questions about intelligence trade in the intelligence community's assessment that Russia helped Trump for 2016
Schiff held a more heartfelt discussion with the representative of the republic of Utah Chris Stuart on evidence of collusion , where Schiff claims his public statements have made a clear distinction between disclosing evidence of collusion and Muller's investigation of a criminal conspiracy.
But Stuart did not buy it. "Stuart said," but if he does not reach a legal threshold, it makes no sense.