Democrat Adam Schiff told Politico he's saddened by the surplus of Republicans who have chosen to stand by President Donald Trump rather than stand up for founding principles of the Republic.
"I think one of the really sad realizations over the last year is not what kind of a president Donald Trump turns out to be — I think it was all too predictable — but rather, how many members of Congress would be unwilling to stand up to him, and more than that, would be completely willing to carry water for him," Schiff, D-Calif., told Politico.
"I thought there would be more Jeff Flakes, more John McCains, more Bob Corkers — people who would defend our system of checks and balances, would speak out for decency, who would defend the First Amendment," Schiff told Politico.
Schiff made the comments in the aftermath of the House Intelligence Committee abruptly ending its probe last week into Russia, announcing its findings — without informing committee Democrats — that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Schiff, the ranking member of the committee, called the probe "fundamentally unserious" and said the committee's finding of zero collusion was "a political statement, not a finding."
"The Republicans have said for some time they're under immense pressure to shut down the investigation. And it was apparent … from last March when our chairman [Rep. Devin Nunes] went on that midnight run to the White House, that their real objective was protecting the president. It wasn't doing a credible investigation," Schiff said last week.
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