Pelosi defends Schiff after Republicans call for resignation

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE's (D-Calif.) office defended House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOfficers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday as Republicans called for him to resign after a summary of the Mueller probe by Attorney General William Barr said there was no evidence of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.

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Pelosi's office defended Schiff by praising his performance as committee chairman and dismissing the criticisms as partisan attacks.

“Chairman Schiff has done an outstanding job and that’s the reason why he’s subject to these ridiculous attacks," Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne told The Hill in a statement.

"Democrats aren’t going to be intimidated by the White House or Congressional Republicans, we’re not going to be distracted from securing the release of the full Mueller report and the underlying evidence, and we will continue to pursue legitimate oversight because that’s what the Constitution requires," she added. "The days of Congress ignoring the mountain of legal and ethical misconduct by this President and Administration are over.”

Conway told Fox News that Schiff "ought to resign today," adding he's been on "every TV show 50 times a day for practically the last two years, promising Americans that this president would either be impeached or indicted.”

McCarthy said in an interview with Politico that "Schiff has met the standard that he has imposed on other members of Congress of when they should step back from their positions. He has exceeded that standard, and there is no question he should step down from the Intel chairmanship."

Republican calls for repercussions for Schiff come as top Democrats in the House have vowed to continue their investigation into the administration's contacts with Russia.

Scott Wong contributed.