White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday called on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) “to resign today” over his insistence during the Russia investigation that there was “plenty of evidence” pointing to collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin, Politico reports.
According to a 4-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings released Sunday by Attorney General William Barr, Mueller did “not exonerate” the president on the issue of obstruction of justice. Barr’s summary also said that Mueller’s probe did not find evidence that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Kremlin.
“Adam Schiff should resign,” she said. “He has no right as somebody who has been peddling a lie day after day after day unchallenged. Unchallenged and not under oath. Somebody should have put him under oath and said you have evidence, where is it?”
“He ought to resign today,” Conway said. “He’s been on every TV show 50 times a day for practically the last two years, promising Americans that this president would either be impeached or indicted.”
Schiff said Sunday he accepted Mueller’s finding but wanted to see the underlying evidence that led to the conclusion.
“Mueller did not find sufficient evidence to establish conspiracy, notwithstanding Russian offers to help Trump’s campaign, their acceptance, and a litany of concealed interactions with Russia” Schiff said in a statement. “I trust Mueller’s prosecutorial judgment, but the country must see the evidence.”
Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), a member of the Intelligence Committee, strongly rejected GOP demands for Schiff to step down from his post.
“I think my Republican friends are concerned not only with their own seats, but they’re concerned about Donald Trump being a one-term president, even in light of the Mueller report,” Carson said on Monday. “So I think Chairman Schiff and others in the Democratic majority represent a threat to their very existence and the changing dynamics within the Republican Party.”
After calling for Schiff’s resignation for allegedly “peddling a lie day after day after day unchallenged,” Conway did not say whether she thought President Trump should resign for peddling the so-called birther movement.
As Politico notes, Trump pushed the widely-debunked racist conspiracy theory beginning in 2011 that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, rather than in Hawaii, and was therefore ineligible to be president.