Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of President Donald Trump’s top wingmen in Congress, has introduced a resolution that would remove California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
In a shout-out to the president, Gaetz is calling his proposal the “PENCIL ACT,” an acronym that stands for “Preventing Extreme Negligence With Classified Information Licenses.”
Among other allegations, the resolution states that: “Congressman Schiff has repeatedly slandered President Donald J. Trump by falsely claiming he colluded with Russia to win the presidency.”
Trump labeled the California Democrat as “little pencil neck Adam Schiff” at a campaign rally last month.
“He’s got the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen. He is not a long ball hitter,” Trump said in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Trump, Gaetz and other Republicans piled on Schiff in the days after U.S. Attorney General William Barr wrote in a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that he found no coordination between Trump and Russia during the 2016 campaign.
“For two years, Rep. Schiff falsely claimed there was ‘clear evidence on the issue of collusion’ and falsely claimed the Trump campaign accepted help from the Russian government to win the presidency,” reads a statement issued from Rep. Gaetz’ office on the need for his “PENCIL Act.”
“Rep. Schiff cannot be trusted by his colleagues in Congress or the American people, and therefore must be removed from the House Intelligence Committee and stripped of his security clearance.”
Schiff has been unrepentant following the release of the Barr memo, and dramatically told Republican lawmakers on the Intelligence Committee last month that he still believes that there is evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.
‘I think it’s immoral, I think it’s unethical, I think it’s unpatriotic, and yes, I think it’s corrupt – and evidence of collusion,” Schiff said.
Virtually no one outside of the Justice Department has read the Mueller Report, though Barr told a Congressional panel on Tuesday that it should be released some time next week.
With the Democrats in control of the House, there is little to no chance that Gaetz’ resolution will be approved.