Schiff decries 'epidemic of cowardice' in GOP

Schiff decries 'epidemic of cowardice' in GOP
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Schiff calls on Amazon, Facebook to address spread of vaccine misinformation Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) decried what he described as an "epidemic of cowardice" in the GOP, slamming Republicans for not speaking out against President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE.

Schiff, who frequently criticizes Trump and is locked in a dispute with the administration over investigations into the White House, said the president has split from GOP orthodoxy on a host of issues. 

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“I think what we knew, implicitly, was that courage is contagious,” Schiff said during a question-and-answer session with Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Thursday that was reported by Politico

“But what we didn’t realize is that cowardice is also contagious. I think there’s been an epidemic of cowardice in the GOP. This president doesn’t stand for anything that the Republican Party said it stood for.”

Schiff said that Republican lawmakers have privately spoken with him to “express their deep concerns and worries” about the president's administration and offer some encouragement for his committee's probe into the president.

"But I’m, frankly, exhausted by the private misgivings,” Schiff said. “People need to speak out.” 

Schiff did praise Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (R-Mich.), who this month said that Trump committed impeachable offenses.