On Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R – Fla.) tabled a bill to remove Rep. Adam Schiff (D – Calif.) as Chair of the House Intelligence Committee.
Gaetz took to Twitter on Wednesday to announced that he introduced the “PENCIL Act,” which targets Schiff for pushing bogus Trump-Russia collusion theories for over two years.
“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congressman Adam Schiff should be removed from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House and that his security clearance should be revoked immediately,” the resolution states. “Whereas Congressman Adam Schiff is the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives.”
The proposal claims that Schiff “can no longer be trusted by his congressional colleagues or the American people” and that he “repeatedly slandered President Donald J. Trump by falsely claiming that he was colluding with Russia to win the presidency.” It also calls on Schiff to withdraw his security clearance.
#BREAKING: Today I filed the “PENCIL Act,” expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that “Congressman Adam Schiff should be removed from the House Intelligence Committee and his security clearance immediately revoked.” pic.twitter.com/1FsMt6NUjr
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 11, 2019
Schiff also belongs to the Gang of Eight, a group of senior lawmakers with access to top-secret intelligence information, due to his perch on the Intelligence Committee.
Republicans have hit Schiff with an avalanche of criticism since Attorney General William Barr published a four-page summary of the investigation of Russian election interference by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in 2016.
Barr said the core findings of Mueller did not find sufficient evidence to charge anyone with conspiring with Russia associated with Trump’s campaign.
After the summary report, a number of members of the Intelligence Committee called on Schiff to step down or resign from Congress.
“It is the sense of the House of Representatives that Congressman Adam Schiff should be removed from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House and that his security clearance should be revoked immediately,” the resolution said.
So far, Schiff has dismissed the attacks on the GOP, saying that Trump’s behavior in office and during the campaign was unacceptable even though it was not criminal.
“I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. And yes, I think it’s corrupt,” Schiff said at a committee hearing last month.
Schiff was backed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D – Calif.)
“I’m so proud of the work of Chairman Adam Schiff, in stark contrast to the irresponsible, almost criminal behavior of the previous chair of the committee,” Pelosi said in Schiff’s defense during a press conference last month, referring to the past chairmanship of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).