Schiff calls GOP 'autocratic cult around Donald Trump'

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffParis Hilton takes to Capitol Hill to advocate for troubled teen care reform Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt Press: Steve Bannon behind bars in Capitol basement? MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday called the Republican Party "an autocratic cult around Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE" that is "not interested in governing."

"We have a Republican Party that is now an autocratic cult around Donald Trump. It is not interested in governing. It is not interested in even maintaining the solvency and creditworthiness of the country," Schiff, who managed House Democrats' prosecution in Trump's first impeachment trial, said while appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"And we have to recognize that they're not interested in governing, and so we're going to govern. We're going to have to do it, and [if] we have to do it with our own votes, we will do that," said Schiff, who is a member of the Jan. 6 select committee. 

Schiff said that as a member of the Jan. 6 panel, he had to acknowledge that there is a possibility of another Capitol attack taking place.

"But what is even more pressing a threat is what we see Republicans doing around the country, taking this big lie about the last election and running with it," he said.

Schiff also spoke about his new book, "Midnight in Washington."

"I wanted to tell the story in this book about how does that happen. How in four short years does our democracy become so threatened?" said Schiff

"And one of the terrible realizations for me is that so many of the people I worked with across the aisle who I admired and respected because I believed that they believed what they were saying turned out not to believe that at all, that the only thing that they cared about was the maintenance of their power or position."