Adam Schiff appeared increasingly worried about the GOP-controlled House committee to investigate the weaponization of government.
Schiff has voiced concerns about the committee, describing it as an awful idea.
As USNews reported:
Democrats were quick to criticize the panel on Tuesday, calling it an “awful idea,” a “monstrosity” that will “further empower extremists,” and at times referred to it as the “destroy democracy” and “insurrection protection” subcommittee. Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts said that the committee is “an assurance that we’re going to see these very partisan, political MAGA-driven investigations go forward.”
“This committee is nothing more than a deranged ploy by the MAGA extremists who have hijacked the Republican Party and now want to use taxpayer money to push their far-right conspiracy nonsense,” McGovern said on Tuesday, adding that, with the move, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is “essentially handing Mr. Jordan the power to target anyone and anything he doesn’t like.”
“Today, we have the first of their many demands on display – an open-ended investigation into whatever conspiracy theories may be headlining the right-wing echo chamber at the moment with unchecked authority to undermine ongoing criminal and intelligence investigations,” Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York said of the hard-line conservatives’ influence on the conference.
Democrats claimed Republicans will use the panel to attempt to shut down ongoing investigations into their own “wrongdoings.”
Rep. Dan Goldman of New York claimed the panel’s purpose is “to interfere with the special council’s ongoing investigation into the conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election.”
Schiff said the panel is intended to “undermine the legitimate investigation of President Trump’s incitement of a violent attack” on the Capitol.
According to Axios, the Select Committee was part of the deal that hardline conservatives in Congress struck with Kevin McCarthy in exchange for voting for him.