WHOA, Matt Gaetz Just Took A HUGE Stab At Adam Schiff….
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) reintroduced legislation titled the “PENCIL Act” on Thursday, which would prohibit Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) from handling any classified information.
Gaetz got the resolution’s acronym, “Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses,” from former President Donald Trump, who referred to Schiff as a “little pencil neck” during a rally in 2019.
“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,” Gaetz told The Daily Caller, which first obtained the legislation text.
Gaetz’s reintroduction of the bill comes just two days after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) formally removed two prominent Democrats from the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff and fellow California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell.
“Speaker McCarthy kept his promise to remove Rep. 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,” Gaetz added. “He can no longer be trusted by his colleagues in Congress or the American people.”
McCarthy, as a speaker, has the unilateral authority to block members of the House Intelligence Committee.
McCarthy vowed to dethrone Schiff and Swalwell from positions they had held for years. McCarthy has also mentioned removing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the Foreign Affairs Committee, but that would require a vote on the House floor.
Schiff stated on the Chinese-owned TikTok app that McCarthy removed him from the House Intelligence Committee “for doing my job, holding Trump accountable, and standing up to the extreme MAGA Republicans.”
Schiff denied taking classified information when asked by MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell if he had taken any records home while serving on the committee.
“This is what’s so astounding, I think, for all of us on the Intelligence Committee,” Schiff said. “I never take classified documents to my house.”
“I don’t know any reason why people would,” Schiff added.
After Schiff and Swalwell were fired, former Trump administration official Mike Pompeo accused Schiff of leaking classified information.
“During my time as CIA director and secretary of state, I know that he leaked classified information that had been provided to him,” Pompeo said, adding when the administration provided information to Schiff and his staff, such documents “ended up in places it shouldn’t have been with alarming regularity.”