Schiff brushes off calls for resignation: 'I am more than used to attacks by my GOP colleagues'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffPence's office questions Schiff's request to declassify more material from official's testimony: report Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing Trump denies report that he still uses personal cell phone for calls MORE (D-Calif.) late Monday brushed off calls for his resignation from Republicans in the wake of a summary of 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 investigation that showed investigators found no evidence to conclude there was a conspiracy between President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE's campaign and Russia in 2016. 

“I’m more than used to attacks from my GOP colleagues and I would expect nothing less,” he told CNN. 


The California Democrat also said on Monday that he accepts the conclusions of the special counsel's investigation from a legal perspective, saying: "I certainly accept the finding that he could not establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a criminal conspiracy.”

However, Schiff added that “if there are interactions between the president, his family, his campaign people and the Russians that are compromising, we are going to look to the Mueller report to find out what he established.”

"There are a lot of open questions," he said. 

His remarks came a day after Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr 'Project Guardian' is the effective gun law change we need Supreme Court denies Trump request to immediately resume federal executions MORE released a brief summary of "principal conclusions" reached by Mueller’s team following its nearly two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the president’s team colluded with Moscow. 

Barr’s summary asserted that the probe found no evidence of criminal conspiracy committed by the president or any members of his team "despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign."

Since then, some Republicans have called for Schiff’s resignation, citing past comments from the top Democrat, who has said repeatedly there was plenty of evidence of collusion. For months, Schiff has said there is evidence of collusion in "plain sight."

White House counselor 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 lashed out against Schiff on Monday, saying he “should resign.”

"He has no right as somebody who has been peddling a lie day after day after day unchallenged. Unchallenged and not under oath,” she said on "Fox & Friends.” “Somebody should have put him under oath and said you have evidence, where is it?"

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCNN Pelosi town hall finishes third in cable news ratings race, draws 1.6M Economy adds 266K jobs in November, blowing past expectations The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached MORE (R-Calif.) also called for Schiff to step down as House Intelligence Committee chairman on the heels of Barr’s summary, while also saying the Democrat “owes the American public an apology.” 

"Schiff has met the standard that he has imposed on other members of Congress of when they should step back from their positions,” he said.

"He has exceeded that standard, and there is no question he should step down from the Intel chairmanship," McCarthy added.