Schiff: I thought more Republicans would speak out against Trump

Schiff: I thought more Republicans would speak out against Trump
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDem lawmaker: Putin will take Trump's attack on Mueller probe as 'green light' to interfere in 2018 The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Russians' indictment casts shadow ahead of Trump-Putin summit MORE (D-Calif.) expressed disappointment at how few Republicans have been willing to speak out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE since he took office.

“I think one of the really sad realizations over the last year is not what kind of a president Donald Trump turns out to be — I think it was all too predictable — but rather, how many members of Congress would be unwilling to stand up to him, and more than that, would be completely willing to carry water for him," Schiff told Politico in an interview published Monday.

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"That is a very sad realization,” the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee added.

Schiff, who has been a frequent and vocal critic of Trump, said he had expected more Republicans to break with Trump. He called Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Kelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.) “complicit in all this.”

“I thought there would be more Jeff Flakes, more John McCains, more Bob Corkers — people who would defend our system of checks and balances, would speak out for decency, who would defend the First Amendment," Schiff told Politico.

Schiff has pushed back against the recent claims by Republicans on the House Intel panel that the committee found no evidence of collusion in its investigation into Russian interference.

The congressman, who has earned the nickname "Little Adam Schiff" from the president, has also criticized Trump's frequent claims that the Russia investigation is a “witch hunt.”