House GOP leader: Nunes 'proven correct' by Mueller report

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWoodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Thompson says he hopes Jan 6. committee can complete work by 'early spring' Juan Williams: Shame on the anti-mandate Republicans MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday said 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 report shows Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesLIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans Nunes sues MSNBC, alleging Rachel Maddow defamed him MORE (R-Calif.), former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, comes out on top when compared to the predictions of panel's current leader, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse passes bill to compensate 'Havana syndrome' victims House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power Overnight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global MORE (D-Calif.).

“Didn’t the Mueller report justify exactly what Chairman Nunes has said? I think Chairman Nunes comes out on top. The concerns that he has with what was being said, what was being done was just proven correct,” McCarthy told reporters during a press conference Thursday. “There is a difference here, drastically — one member lied to the American public and one member told the truth and was attacked for it.”

McCarthy did not specify which comments from Nunes he was referring to.

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In 2018, when Nunes was chairman of the Intelligence Committee, he released a four-page memo alleging there an anti-Trump bias at the Department of Justice and FBI, as well as abuse of government surveillance powers — accusations that were met with strong criticism from Democrats.

“Devin Nunes was proven correct — that’s what the report says. We should praise him, he stood up when others wanted to go after him for telling the truth," McCarthy said. "And then they allow someone who openly lied to us up until even last month and his only recourse is to attack the people who bring it forth."

Republicans are amping up their calls for Schiff to resign from Congress or relinquish his committee gavel, saying his repeated remarks about collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia have been refuted by special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWoodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event Virginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins MORE sent Congress a four-page letter on Sunday saying Mueller's investigation found no coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE on Thursday tweeted that Schiff should be forced to resign.

McCarthy noted that all nine GOP members of the Intel committee have stated they have lost confidence Schiff’s ability to carry out his duties and feel the integrity of the panel has been compromised due to his assertion there was evidence of collusion.

The California Republican added it is “unacceptable” that Schiff has not apologized for misleading the public.

“He has no ability to produce his job when every single member on the other side said I can’t stand for you to stay as chair. And to equate that in any way to Devin Nunes is wrong,” McCarthy said.

He went on to say that Schiff’s conduct during the investigation was reminiscent of McCarthyism, and he said Democrats are allowing that kind of behavior to continue by letting him remain on as chairman.

“There is one person who can change that and that’s Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE,” he said, referring to the House Speaker, who has defended Schiff.

Earlier on Thursday, Schiff responded to the GOP criticism he has faced in recent days.

"My colleagues may think it is OK the president's son was offered dirt as part of an effort to help Trump," Schiff said in his statement, referring to Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents MORE "You might think it is OK. I don’t."