WASHINGTON – Don’t expect Adam Schiff to heed Donald Trump’s call for him to resign.
The president on Thursday became the latest Republican to denounce the Democratic congressman in the wake of news that special counsel Robert Mueller would not formally accuse Trump of wrongdoing in the Russia case.
“Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!” Trump tweeted.
In refusing similar calls, Schiff maintained there is evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russians who sought to interfere in the 2016 election and that Trump sought to obstruct Mueller’s investigation.
“I’m more than used to attacks from my GOP colleagues and I would expect nothing less,” Schiff told CNN this week.
While Mueller struck an equivocal tone about obstruction of justice allegations, Trump claimed vindication and indicated he would campaign against Democrats who promoted the idea he had worked with Russians during the 2016 campaign.
Schiff and other Democrats noted that the Mueller report itself is not out, only a summary provided by Attorney General William Barr. They also said that, with respect to the obstruction of justice investigation, Barr quoted Mueller as saying, “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
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Trump’s critics found irony in the president’s attacks on Schiff, especially his accusations of lying.
In retweeting Trump, attorney George Conway – the husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway – said: “I mean, if there were a Lombardi Trophy for lying, a Pulitzer Prize for prevarication, a FIFA World Cup for fibbing, a Medal of Honor for mendacity, a Distinguished Service Cross for deceit, *you* would be the perennial winner.”