He Was 'Playing Footsies With the Ukrainians': Rep. Gaetz Demands Adam Schiff Step Down from Trump-Russia Probe
Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz demanded the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee be recused from future involvement in the Trump-Russia probe.
Gaetz said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) invalidated his ability to properly investigate allegations against President Trump, which include those in an unverified dossier compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele.
Schiff has said that Trump has worked with a foreign power (Russia) to affect an American presidential election.
Gaetz said recent revelations about Schiff show his "hypocrisy" on the matter, declaring the Burbank representative did effectively the same thing.
Gaetz pointed to audiotape of a phone call Schiff held with Russian pranksters purporting to be Ukrainian dignitaries with access to compromising photos of Trump with a Ukrainian model.
According to Tucker Carlson, Schiff sounded amicable to the news. Carlson cited a report that the congressman later had a staffer dial back the number to possibly set up a meeting with the "Ukrainians."
.@TuckerCarlson on use of Steele dossier in Russia probe: "In a moment like this, when leaks are the coin of the realm in Washington...it's hard to imagine we haven't heard of any other evidence. So maybe there isn't any." #Tucker https://t.co/NeF4OJIuL4 pic.twitter.com/bJV6TQd0Gv
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"Adam Schiff should step aside as the lead Democrat on the Intel committee as a consequence of this scandal," Gaetz said.
"Schiff was off playing footsies with the Ukrainians, trying to get naked pictures of Donald Trump," Gaetz added. "[Schiff] has gone from having an oversight responsibility to an actual principal in this investigation for engaging with 'Ukrainians'."
He noted Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the executive branch's part in the investigation over what Gaetz considered a handshake in a greeting line.
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