Schiff: Trump helped House Republicans plan to storm SCIF

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Schiff pushes back: Defense team knows Trump is guilty MORE (D-Calif.) suggested Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE played a role in House Republicans' decision to enter a secure area, known as a SCIF, where impeachment witness depositions are held.

In a CNN interview, Schiff said "the storming of the SCIF and all the other high jinks that the president concocts with them" showed a "lack of seriousness."

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"Without a doubt," Schiff said. "That happened the morning after a meeting with these ... Tea Party members who came storming in the next day."

"Much of the Republican party has become a cult of personality around the president," he said later. 

 
"He did not play any role," she said in an email to The Hill.
 
A group of House Republicans entered the secure area last week after complaining about the closed-door nature of the witness interviews.
 
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Updated: 2:28 p.m.