Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-FL) latest legislative push reeks of brown nosing.
On Wednesday, the uber-conservative lawmaker shamelessly introduced a House resolution named after President Trump’s moniker for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) — “pencil neck” — to get Schiff kicked off the House Intelligence Committee, which he chairs. The resolution also pushed for the revocation of Schiff’s security clearance.
In the text of the resolution, Gaetz suggested that Congress couldn’t trust Schiff to objectively assess and share classified information with Congress because he “slandered” Trump with his public remarks that he believed the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the election.
“Schiff has proven himself untrustworthy by advancing falsities about the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, as relating to unfounded allegations of collusion with the Russian Federation,” the resolution says.
All the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee recently signed a letter calling on Schiff to resign his chairmanship over his longstanding belief that evidence of collusion within the Trump campaign exists. Republican members seized on Attorney General William Barr’s assessment of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report — in which Barr stated no collusion occurred — as proof the Schiff is not trustworthy. President Trump even called on Schiff to resign from Congress after Barr’s assessment was released.
The full Mueller report has not yet been released.
#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