'Give Him a Timeout': Adam Schiff Calls for Gen. Kelly to Reprimand Trump
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) February 5, 2018
Congressman Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, blasted President Donald Trump's criticisms of him, telling CNN that the White House chief of staff should "give him a time-out."
Schiff (D-Calif.) suggested to anchor Jim Sciutto that Gen. John Kelly give Trump the childhood reprimand after the president tweeted that Schiff "must be stopped" from allegedly leaking information from sensitive committee hearings.
Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of “Executive Time.” Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or...really anything else. https://t.co/lVqQRu2Gjl
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 5, 2018
"Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with [former FBI Director Jim] Comey, [Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark] Warner, [former CIA Director John] Brennan and [former Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!" the president tweeted Monday.
Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
Schiff, of Burbank, said on Sunday that by pushing for the release of the FISA memo, Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' (R-Calif.) goal was to "undermine the FBI, discredit the FBI, and do the president's bidding."
Nunes later responded on Fox News Channel, saying Democrats like Schiff keep trying to incriminate Trump in regard to Russian collusion, but keep "coming up with goose eggs."
Speaking with Sciutto, Schiff said Trump's tweet was a "baseless attack" and countered that he is careful not to disclose classified information obtained in sessions with Nunes and the rest of the committee.
The Massachusetts native said it has become "confusing" that Trump has gone from calling him "Sleazy Adam Schiff" to "Little Adam Schiff."
"It's often hard to understand the president's tweets," he said. "It may be time for General Kelly to give the president a 'time-out'. The country would certainly benefit from that anyway."
.@RepAdamSchiff: "Once again the committee will focus on what the Russians did to interfere in our election, what we know about the Trump campaign's contacts and communication, or collusion with the Russians, and what we can do to prevent this from happening in the future." pic.twitter.com/vi8j3I9orN
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 5, 2018
Schiff said in an evening press conference that he hopes Nunes' "phases of distraction" will come to an end so that his investigation could "get back on track" and look deeper into allegations of Russian collusion in the 2016 election.
"The Five" also discussed the controversy between Schiff, Trump and Nunes on Monday evening.
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