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 SchiffHouse chairmen consult with counsel about ways to get notes from Trump-Putin meetings Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Dems blast rulemaking on family planning program | Facebook may remove anti-vaccine content | Medicare proposes coverage for new cancer treatment Hillicon Valley: Facebook weighs crackdown on anti-vaccine content | Lyft challenges Trump fuel standards rollback | Illinois tries to woo Amazon | New round of China trade talks next week MORE (D-Calif.) expressed disappointment at how few Republicans have been willing to speak out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration 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.”