Representative Matt Gaetz is pushing a new bill that would restrict former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s access to classified information over his “baseless claims” of collusion between former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.
The PENCIL Resolution, an apparent riff off of Trump’s derisive “Pencil-Neck” nickname for Schiff, stands for Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses Resolution. It calls for Schiff (D-Calif.) not to have access to classified information, for him to be investigated by the House Ethics Committee, and to have comments he made in Congress on Russian collusion and the Trump campaign stricken from the record.
“Congressman Adam Schiff led the effort for years to weaponize lies from the Clinton campaign and a corrupt Department of Justice to smear President Trump while destroying any trust the country had left in America’s intelligence agencies,” a press release from Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Thursday read.
“Speaker McCarthy kept his promise to remove Representative Schiff from the Intelligence Committee, and with the PENCIL Resolution, we will express the sense of Congress that he should be barred from accessing any classified information at all. He can no longer be trusted by his colleagues in Congress or the American people,” said Gaetz.
Fox News further reports:
Schiff’s position on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence allowed him access to classified materials including those relating to former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment and the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
Every member of Congress can access classified information by virtue of their election. Only the most egregious actions would warrant removal, and Adam Schiff has undoubtedly crossed the Rubicon,” Gaetz told Fox News Digital. “Democrats have willfully ignored the national security consequences of members like Schiff misrepresenting and leaking classified information to the press.”
Schiff has recently announced his candidacy to replace Senator Dianne Feinstain, D-Calif., in the Senate.
“We’re in the fight of our lives for the future of our country. Our democracy is under assault from MAGA extremists, who care only about gaining power and keeping it,” Schiff said in a statement launching his campaign.
No one can truly defend Adam Schiff.
He made his career leaking and then embroidering lies onto those very leaks.
— Representative Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 27, 2023
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