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

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump addresses pandemic but not election during annual turkey pardon Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Hillicon Valley: Leadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns | Snapchat launches in-app video platform 'Spotlight' | Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation that showed investigators found no evidence to conclude there was a conspiracy between President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race 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 BarrBill BarrTrump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Merrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report DOJ dropping charges against ex-Mexican defense minister 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 ConwayWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Press: Where is Jim Baker when we need him? 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 McCarthyRichmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight Drastic cuts proposed to Medicare would hurt health care quality 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.