Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) focused criticism on Rep. Ted Schiff (D-CA), a top foil to former President Donald Trump over his insistence that the former president’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to sway the election. Schiff’s claims were disproven by the report by special counsel John Durham.
The Texas Republican stated that Schiff is “an expert on handling an investigation in a flawed manner.”
Cruz described him as “perhaps the worst in all of Congress at lying to the American people, taking information that he got in a classified setting, selectively leaking it and leaking in a way that is dishonest.”
The Texas senator said that Schiff’s political future will be up to California voters.
Schiff emerged as a high-profile opponent of Trump during his time in the White House, making a number of assertions regarding the former president. Trump mentioned Schiff several times in social media posts by name.
Schiff’s claims were contradicted by Durham’s findings, which read in part that “neither U.S. law enforcement nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion” at the start of the investigation.
The Texas senator was not the only Republican to target Schiff following the release of the Durham report.
Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI) stated that Durham’s investigation confirmed “Adam Schiff’s role in misleading the American people.”
He added that anyone else “behind the comments he was making” should also receive attention.
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) recently introduced a resolution to expel Schiff from the House.
Schiff lied to the American people. He used his position on House Intel to push a lie that cost American taxpayers millions of dollars.
He is a dishonor to the House of Representatives. pic.twitter.com/mg1005S8B6
— Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (@RepLuna) May 17, 2023
The first-term Republican said that Schiff “lied to the American people.” She asserted that the California Democrat “used his position on House Intel to push a lie that cost American taxpayers millions of dollars.”
Luna said that Schiff is a “dishonor to the House of Representatives.”
Schiff showed little contrition following the release of Durham’s report in an interview with MSNBC this week.
The Democrat is widely expected to seek the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who is retiring at the end of her current term.