Top GOP lawmaker calls on Schiff to step down as Intel chair

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThompson says he hopes Jan 6. committee can complete work by 'early spring' Juan Williams: Shame on the anti-mandate Republicans White House debates vaccines for air travel MORE (R-Calif.) on Monday called for Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Schiff calls on Amazon, Facebook to address spread of vaccine misinformation Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) to step down as House Intelligence Committee chairman after Attorney General William Barr said the Mueller report did not conclude that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in 2016.

"[Schiff] owes the American public an apology," McCarthy said in an interview with Politico. "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," McCarthy added.


Schiff has faced increased scrutiny from allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE in the hours since Barr sent Congress a four-page summary of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's Russia report, which said the report "did not find" that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 presidential election.

White House counsellor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPsaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards Defense & National Security: The post-airlift evacuation struggle Conway and Spicer fire back at White House over board resignation requests MORE said on "Fox & Friends" Monday that Schiff should resign for his continued lies about the investigation into Trump.

"Adam Schiff should resign," Conway said. "He has no right, as somebody who has been peddling a lie day after day after day unchallenged — unchallenged and not under oath. Somebody should have put him under oath and said 'you have evidence, where is it?'"

Schiff, an outspoken critic of the president's, is conducting an expansive House investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia. He also has repeatedly said there was clear evidence of collusion.

The California Democrat said Sunday before Barr's memo was released that there was still "significant evidence of collusion."

Schiff said later that day that he trusted Mueller's judgement, but added that the public must see the underlying evidence.

"Mueller did not find sufficient evidence to establish conspiracy, notwithstanding Russian offers to help Trump’s campaign, their acceptance, and a litany of concealed interactions with Russia," Schiff tweeted. "I trust Mueller’s prosecutorial judgement, but the country must see the evidence."

The office of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday defended Schiff against what it called "ridiculous attacks."

"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," Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne told The Hill in a statement.

"The days of Congress ignoring the mountain of legal and ethical misconduct by this President and Administration are over,” she added.