GOP House Intel member says Schiff 'needs to step aside' after Mueller investigation

Rep. Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerTrump taunts 'squad' in new video 82-year-old House Democrat asks 'The Squad' if he can join Merriam-Webster appears to jab Brit Hume for citing its first definition of racism to defend Trump MORE (R-Ohio) on Tuesday joined calls for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCourt filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments House passes annual intelligence bill Judge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media MORE (D-Calif.) to step down following the conclusion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation.

“I do believe he needs to step aside," Turner, a member of the panel, said on CNN's "New Day." "I think that his leadership is compromised.”


“One, he wasn’t being straight with the American public, or really with you. When we would have hearings in the Intel committee on the Trump campaign and coordination we would hear witness after witness come in and say, 'I have no evidence of collusion, I don’t know anyone else who has evidence of collusion,' and he would walk out to the cameras and say ‘We’re getting close.’

“The second issue why we’re concerned about his leadership is that he would then say, ‘And the Republicans are obstructing my ability to do this.' It’s very divisive, he’s been dishonest with the American public about what was actually happening in the intel committee.” 

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHouse gears up for Mueller testimony History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments MORE sent a letter to Congress this weekend revealing that Mueller's investigation had not found evidence of collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE's 2016 campaign and Russia.

Since the release of Barr's letter, Republicans and members of the Trump administration have called out Schiff for his insistence that coordination did occur. 

The California lawmaker has said for months that there is evidence of collusion in "plain sight."

Schiff's committee is currently conducting its own Russia investigation and has previously spoken with multiple Trump associates, including the president's former attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenJudiciary chair demands Hope Hicks clarify closed-door testimony Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments Judge says probe tied to Trump hush-money payments is over MORE.

Schiff, one of Trump's most outspoken critics, said Sunday that he trusted Mueller's judgment while also calling for the full release of the report.

"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."