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 SchiffTrump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe Manafort went ‘above and beyond’ with plea deal, says ex-federal prosecutor Kavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report MORE (D-Calif.) expressed disappointment at how few Republicans have been willing to speak out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president 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 RyanPelosi calls on Ryan to bring long-term Violence Against Women Act to floor Juan Williams: America warms up to socialism Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker 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.”