Rep. Adam Schiff may leave the House of Representatives to make a play for the U.S. Senate, the Conservative Brief reported. The California Democrat may be looking to jump ship as Republicans take control of the lower chamber.
Schiff indicated he might have higher political aspirations during an interview on “The Issue Is” on KTTA-TV. The host, Elex Michaelson, asked about whether Schiff would be vying for the position.
It’s expected that long-time California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is set to retire at the end of her term. If the 89-year-old steps down, Michaelson pointed out that it would leave the door open for Schiff.
“You have expressed interest in that job,” Michaelson stated. “Is there any reason you would not run for Senate?” he asked Schiff.
“Well, I’m not usually asked the question in that form,” Schiff began. “You know, look, I am getting a lot of encouragement to run for the Senate from people in California and colleagues here in Congress,” he claimed.
“If Senator Feinstein retires, then I will give it very serious consideration. You know, at this point, I think we’re waiting to see what Senator Feinstein has to say about her plans, but yes, it is something I’m giving serious consideration to,” Schiff said.
The writing may already be on the wall for Schiff’s future in the House, however. After November’s midterms, Republicans have the majority when the new Congress convenes in January.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who is expected to be the new GOP Speaker of the House, has already expressed a desire to knock Schiff out of his current position. Schiff serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“Another change you’re going to get: Adam Schiff will no longer be on the Intel Committee when I become speaker,” the California Republican said. “I promised that more than two years ago,” he added.
“[Democrats] also used the intel community as well to lie to the American public. Should those people keep their clearances?” McCarthy continued.
“Should those people still be allowed to have information? If they’re going to be political individuals, then, no, they should not,” McCarthy said.
“And this is just the tip of the iceberg of what we need to investigate going forward,” he added. McCarthy has also promised to remove the likes of Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar from their respective committees.
Schiff was a key figure in the witch hunt against former President Donald Trump, Fox News reported. Among his many disgraceful actions, Schiff was a true believer in the since-debunked Steele dossier that served as an excuse to spy on then-candidate Trump’s campaign.
There is no place on the intelligence committee for a man like Schiff, nor should there be any place in government at all for him. However, the people of California might keep him as their senator if given a chance.