Schiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump DOJ lawyers resign en masse over Roger Stone sentencing MORE (D-Calif.) is sparking immediate, bipartisan backlash after he referenced a CBS News report saying Republican senator heads will be on a 'pike' if they break with President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE on the impeachment fight. 
 
Schiff referenced the report as he was in the final stretch of his closing argument on the Senate floor on Friday night. 
 
"CBS News report that a Trump confidant said that GOP senators were warned '... vote against the president and your head will be on a pike,'" Schiff said from the Senate floor. 
 
Schiff had managed to win some smiles from Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk Lawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban MORE (R-S.C.), during his closing statement but the moment drew immediate blowback from Republicans, both from allies of the president and more centrist GOP senators seen as swing votes. 
 
Though senators are supposed to sit silently during an impeachment trial, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Toward 'Super Tuesday' — momentum, money and delegates Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment MORE (R-Maine), a crucial swing vote, could be seen looking to her colleagues next to her and shaking her head. 
 
"That's not true," she said several times from her seat, loudly enough to be overheard from the Senate gallery.
 
Collins said in a subsequent statement that “not only have I never heard the ‘head on the pike’ line, but also I know of no Republican Senator who has been threatened in any way by anyone in the Administration.”
 
 
"That's where he lost me," Murkowski told reporters after the trial wrapped, adding that Schiff "overreached." 
 
Schiff continued to reference the CBS News report, despite the audible reaction from Republicans, adding "I don't know if that's true, but when I read that I was struck by the irony, by the irony."
 
 
Amid the verbal pushback, Schiff paused mid-sentence and turned toward the Republican side of the room, adding, "I hope it's not true. I hope it's not true."
 
The slight caveat wasn't enough to quell the Republican furor. 
 
Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordSenate drama surrounding Trump trial starts to fizzle The Hill's Morning Report - Trump defense rests, GOP struggles to bar witnesses GOP confident of win on witnesses MORE (R-Okla.) said the remark was "one of the most remarkable moments." 

"That is completely totally false, and all of us were shaking our heads 'like where did that story come from' and Adam Schiff just kept saying it," he said.

Lankford that "the whole room was visibly upset on our side of it. ...That's insulting and demeaning." 
 

"He has basically offended every Republican senator in there tonight," Barrasso told reporters. 
 
 
Some Democrats also distanced themselves from the House Intelligence Committee chairman. 
 
 
"I don't know why people do that," Manchin added. "That could have been left out that's for sure." 
 
 
"That was the only time I heard a loud audible reaction from the Republican side. ...We know the president attacks people that work for him," Brown sad. "We know that there is fear of him throughout the Republican caucus." 
 
Scott Wong contributed
 
Updated: 11:26 p.m.