Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is eying California’s attorney general position, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reportedly endorses him.
According to Politico, Schiff has lobbied California Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint him to the post, which will be vacated by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra—who was nominated by President Biden to serve as Health and Human Services secretary—should he be approved by the Senate.
“If that choice is Schiff, it would leave House Democrats temporarily with an even thinner majority than the razor-thin 221–211 edge they are working with now. But Pelosi’s involvement in the attorney general campaign did not surprise the people familiar with the behind the scenes machinations, given her close relationship to Schiff and deep roots in California politics,” reported Politico.
Schiff, who led the first impeachment proceeding against former President Trump in 2019, was one of the first Democrats to push the second impeachment against the former president.
Adam Schiff calls President Trump ‘dangerous’
“Well, the most important goal, from my point of view, is to remove this dangerous president from office with all speed. That would be best accomplished if he resigned. That would be in the best interest of the country, but he has rarely considered what’s in the best interest of the country,” he said in the week leading up to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
House Democrats voted to impeach Trump for a second time on Jan. 13, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” in connection with the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Following the impeachment vote, Schiff, who has spread false allegations about Trump–Russia collusion for years, said that Trump should be barred from receiving intelligence briefings after he left office, an opportunity traditionally extended to former presidents.
“There is no circumstance in which this president should get another intelligence briefing, not now, not in the future,” Schiff said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I don’t think he can be trusted with it now, and in the future, he certainly can’t be trusted.”
Tulsi Gabbard criticizes former CIA Director John Brennan and Schiff
Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat who served as the U.S. representative for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District from 2013 to 2021, has called out both former CIA Director John Brennan and Schiff, two leading proponents for expanding national security powers after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
She called them “domestic enemies” of the country.
“The mob who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 to try to stop Congress from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities were behaving like domestic enemies of our country,” Gabbard said.
“But let’s be clear, the John Brennans, Adam Schiffs and the oligarchs in Big Tech who are trying to undermine our constitutionally protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style surveillance are also domestic enemies—and much more powerful, and therefore dangerous, than the mob that stormed the Capitol,” she added.