Rep. Adam Schiff REFUSES to say whether he will comply with a subpoena from House Republicans after the GOP vowed to expel the Democrat from his congressional caucus appointments.
- California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is Chairman of the House Intel Committee
- He is one of three members of his party that incumbent House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has vowed to oust from office when Republicans take control.
- Schiff said he would have to consider the “validity” of any subpoenas from House Republicans threatening to investigate him.
- ‘WWe will have to look at the legitimacy or lack of legitimacy of what they do’
- He also said McCarthy has no “ideology” and will bow to extremists.
Democratic top Rep. Adam Schiff refused on Sunday to rule out challenging a congressional subpoena, should the House’s new Republican majority call him to testify next year.
Schiff said he would have to “consider the validity” of such an order, though he was previously quick to criticize others who resisted his committee’s Jan. 6 subpoenas.
The California Democrat has been a political leader for Republicans after his prominent role in the impeachment trials of Donald Trump and investigating the former president as a member of the select committee investigating the riot at the US Capitol.
We’ll have to consider the validity of the subpoena. But I would certainly see my obligation, the administration’s obligation to follow the law,” Schiff told CNN’s State Of The Union.
As a shot across the aisle, he added: “And the fact that they have disrespected the law is not a precedent that I hope will be widely followed.”
“But we will have to look at the legitimacy or lack of legitimacy of what they do,” Schiff said.
Incumbent House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is expected to ascend to the presidency next year, has vowed to strip Schiff of his committee assignments.
Rep. Adam Schiff hit back at House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy after he vowed to strip his fellow California lawmaker of committee appointments in the new Congress.
In the current Democratic-majority Congress, Schiff chairs the powerful House Intelligence Committee.
The lawmaker responded Sunday, saying McCarthy’s plans for the gavel will revolve solely around what the former president wants and ignore “Donald Trump’s serial abuse of power.”
‘[Rep. James] come and [Rep. Jim] Jordan and McCarthy will do nothing but carry Donald Trump’s water,” Schiff said.
“They will say what they need to in order to get along with Donald Trump.”
He also hit back at McCarthy’s plan to strip him of committee assignments on the Trump-Russia investigation.
“Apparently, McCarthy doesn’t think it’s collusion if his campaign manager is providing internal polling data and battle strategy in key states to a Russian intelligence operative while the Russians are helping his campaign, but most Americans would call it collusion,” Schiff said. .
He added that McCarthy’s “problem” would be the slim majority in his caucus, which means he will have to work with more extreme lawmakers like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar to pass items on the GOP agenda.
McCarthy has said he would because of Schiff’s handling of the Trump-Russia investigation.
“He’ll do anything they ask him to do,” Schiff said. ‘And right now, they’re calling for me to be removed from our committees. And he is willing to do it. He is willing to do anything that is asked of him.
Schiff accused McCarthy of having no “ideology” of his own beyond wanting to accumulate power.
He does not have a basic set of beliefs. It’s very difficult to not just get to 218 like that. It’s even harder to keep 218. That’s his problem,” Schiff said.
‘Then you will misrepresent my record. He will misrepresent Eric Swalwell or Ilhan Omar, whatever he has to do to get the QAnon caucus votes inside his conference.
Swalwell and Omar have also been the targets of removal threats from McCarthy’s committee.
Democrats voted to do the same to Gosar and Greene while they had a majority: Gosar for sharing a video showing him attacking another member of Congress, and Greene for extremist comments and calls for violence that she amplified before she was elected to Capitol Hill. .