Three months after the new Democratic Congress, the Partisan War of the Committee is more intense than ever.
Ship, the 10-year-old Californian Democrat, became aware of President Donald Trump's investigation during the first two years of his presidency, his national profile, and he made ship a staple on television and on open pages, when new developments about contacts between Trump employees and Russians were revealed.
But now the investigation of Special Representative Robert Müller did not lead to a criminal conspiracy Between Trump's team and the Russian government, the Republicans, who had long tamed at ship, their attacks up to 11 voted.
Trump attacked the ship at its rally on Thursday and tweeted that he should resign from Congress. The republican leaders demanded Monday the resignation of Schiff as chairman of the news committee. A Republican on the jury compared Schiff's comments on collusion with ex-Senator Joe McCarthy's 1
On Thursday, at the beginning of a public hearing, the nine US Intelligence Committee Republicans announced that they had signed a letter requesting Schiff's resignation from his post.
"Your past and present actions are inconsistent with your duty as chairman of this committee," said Texas MP Mike Conaway, who led the recent Russian-led Republican investigation against the ship. Reading the letter in the hearing. "We have no confidence in your ability to fulfill your duties in accordance with your constitutional responsibility and request your immediate resignation as Chairman of this committee."
While he has been confronted with GOP criticism before, the hearing on Thursday has meant an escalation of The investigation of Schiff as leader of the congress is a continuation of the investigation against Trump and Russia in a Washington Mueller detention center.
Ship has shown no sign of relapse.
Anticipating the ambush on Thursday, Schiff violently refuted the Republican letter by inciting a litany of alleged offenses, including the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, in which a Russian lawyer offered "dirt" to Hill Hill Clinton was called by e-mail, the alleged communication of Roger Stone with WikiLeaks and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who lies about sanctions talks with the Russian ambassador to the US.
"You could say that everything is fine, you can say that you just have to do that to win," Schiff said. "But I do not think it's alright, I think it's immoral, I think it's immoral, I think it's unpatriotic, and yes, I think it's corrupt and proof of collusion."
This is not the first time that legislators have done so in the House Intelligence Committee. In fact, two months ago this month, Democrats urged then-chairman Devin Nunes to withdraw from the investigation into Russia after the Republican Republican had made an illegal trip to the White House, saying he had received evidence that the Obama administration's surveillance rallied the Trump campaign.
Nunes resigned temporarily from the Russia investigation, although he remained chairman and is today the supreme Republican jury. The result, however, created a culture of mistrust and mistrust in the committee, which over the years of Russia's investigation and the publication of Nunes Memo's "Nunes memo" of 2018, identified the FBI's alleged abuse law for foreign surveillance services.
Legislators in the committee say that they can usually overturn their differences in the matter unrelated to the Russia investigation. But even that will be put to the test during the last fight for Mueller, Russia and collusion.
Perhaps the hottest sign of excitement in the committee came on Thursday when Rep. Mike Turner, a Republican from Ohio, accused McCarthyism of "McCarthyism"
"With McCarthyism we had chased Russia for Russian Communists," Turner said at the hearing. "And now we have rebuilt ship behind the Russian collisions and those who want to work together."
Ship has no indication that he wants to step back, and the Speaker of Parliament Nancy Pelosi has the chairman on Thursday vehemently defended and "Republicans" fear the truth. "
What happens now?
Schiff plans to make headway with his comprehensive investigation of the President he unveiled last month. The investigation includes an investigation of Trump's finances, which he suspects goes beyond the scope of the Mueller investigation.
But the Republicans have seized Barr's summary of the Mueller report to urge Schiff to end its investigation and to accuse it, claiming he had evidence of collusion.
"Look at the entire tape of any national television program you can think of, some of the most outlandish claims that have been made, and now the Mueller report comes out and it's clear these allegations are unfounded. There were no collusion, "said Steve Scalise," House Minority Whip. "
Schiff has responded to the criticism by arguing that there is a difference between Mueller's criminal investigation and the investigation into counterintelligence in Trump's team. Although Muller did not establish a criminal plot, ship gave evidence of a collusion.
"What the Barr letter says, Müller could not find a criminal conspiracy … That does not mean there is no evidence, there is," Schiff said. "I think these interactions with the Russians I've listed before are proof of … collusion, but whether this is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt of a crime, the crime of conspiracy, I've always said is another question. "
The hearing on Thursday was held with political experts, including former US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, to discuss Russian money laundering. However, the hearing became a de facto committee debate on the investigation in Russia, with several Republicans engaging extensively with the ship rather than asking the witnesses questions.
Schiff, for example, debated with Republicans Will Hurd, a former CIA officer from Texas, about the findings of the Republican committee, which raised questions about the intelligence scene in the investigation of the intelligence services that had helped Russia win Trump's victory.
Schiff had a more cordial discussion with Rep. Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican, about evidence of collusion where Schiff argued that his public statements had clearly distinguished between exposing collusion evidence and investigating a plot by Mueller.
But Stewart did not buy it.
"We can find evidence of all kinds," Stewart said, "but if it does not reach a legal threshold, it is meaningless."