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

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyI'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' Tlaib says she won't visit Israel after being treated like 'a criminal' MORE (R-Calif.) on Monday called for Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Schiff offers bill to make domestic terrorism a federal crime New intel chief inherits host of challenges 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 John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE in the hours since Barr sent Congress a four-page summary of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report 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 ConwayIllinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Trump health chief: Officials actively 'working on' ObamaCare replacement plan Campaign aide: Trump asking questions shared by 'millions of Americans' with Epstein conspiracy theory 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 PelosiWhy President Trump needs to speak out on Hong Kong Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid 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.