Top Dem: 'We have a seriously flawed human being in the Oval Office'

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Trump appeals order siding with House Democrats bank subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) in a Sunday show interview said the United States has “a seriously flawed” person occupying the White House, referring to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE.

“The big question for us, though, is you know, plainly we have a seriously flawed human being in the Oval Office,” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Will those flaws be allowed to permeate the whole of government?”


Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he does not think anyone is shocked by the revelations in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” about how Trump's inner circle views the president's capability to do his job.

“I don't think there is anyone in Congress, frankly, of either party, who does not concur at least privately with those observations and concerns,” Schiff said.

“Certainly, very few are willing to express them publicly in Congress and I think that's to the detriment of our institution.”

Trump on Saturday defended his mental fitness, suggesting he is “a very stable genius.”

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign MORE also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star ... to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!”