President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to suggest a top Democrat should resign from Congress for his role in echoing Russia collusion claims.
Attorney General William Barr wrote in a publicly available summary that Special Counsel Robert Mueller exonerated Trump on allegations of colluding with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. The special counsel, according to the summary, also did not find enough evidence to charge the president with obstructing justice.
As a result, Trump took to social media to clear his name—and to go after those who continue to peddle the allegations.
“Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!” Trump tweeted.
Trump allies have joined in on the call for Schiff’s resignation as the Democrat is unashamedly still sticking to his claims that Trump colluded with Russia, Politico reports:
High-level Republicans from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) to White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway have repeatedly called for Schiff to step down from his post leading the House Intelligence Committee for promoting the collusion theory.
House Democrats have stood firm behind Schiff, and the California congressman has doubled down on his claims, insisting to The Washington Post this week that “undoubtedly there is collusion.”
Schiff and Trump have constantly butted heads since Trump came into office, as Schiff pushed for a more thorough investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia as a member of the minority party for the first two years of the president’s term.
The congressman had been a staple on cable news shows throughout the Russia investigation, maintaining that there was evidence Trump had conspired to work with Russian operatives. In the days since Barr’s summary of Mueller’s findings, he pledged to push forward with his own committee’s inquiry into the issue.
According to McCarthy, all nine Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have called on Schiff’s resignation.
“For two years he misled the public on collusion, and the American people no longer have faith in his ability to lead. He should step down,” McCarthy said in a tweet.
Schiff told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Mueller would probably have to appear before the House Intelligence Committee where he would have to testify about his investigation and his findings.
“I think that is inevitably going to take place, Chris,” Schiff said during “Cuomo Prime Time,” CNN reports. “He is going to have to come in and testify.”
Schiff, a California Democrat, said the timing of a potential appearance by Mueller before Congress would likely depend on the timing of Attorney General William Barr providing the public with Mueller’s report and its underlying evidence.
“But at the end of the day, yes, I think both the Congress and the American people are going to want to hear from Bob Mueller,” Schiff said.
Schiff said he thought the situation was “headed there,” but would leave the specifics up to congressional leadership.
Schiff said last month, ahead of the conclusion of the Mueller investigation, that Democrats would be willing to call in Mueller to testify and force the release of Mueller’s report if the administration did not make it public.