Pelosi defends Schiff after Republicans call for resignation

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments Bloomberg: Trump should be impeached On The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading MORE's (D-Calif.) office defended House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House adopts confident tone after Pelosi signals go on impeachment Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week The shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley 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.

GOP critics of Schiff, including White House adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayOvernight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 White House adopts confident tone after Pelosi signals go on impeachment Conway: Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping issue MORE and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea GOP leader says he had 'a hard time' believing Pelosi The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi says House will move forward with impeachment MORE (R-Calif.), allege he pushed a false narrative throughout special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's probe that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE's campaign coordinated with Moscow.

ADVERTISEMENT

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.