(CNSNews.com) - "What would be the proper adjective?" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked a news conference on Thursday. "Shameful? sad? irresponsible? for the president of the United States and the Republicans on the intelligence committee to take the actions that they have."
President Trump tweeted on Thursday that Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, should resign from Congress; and nine intelligence committee Republicans asked him to step down as chairman at a committee hearing on Thursday.
Pelosi called them "scaredy cats."
"They're just plain afraid. They're afraid of the truth," Pelosi said. "They're afraid of competence. They're afraid of a leader who is recognized in our country for being calm, professional, patriotic. I'm so proud of the work of Chairman Adam Schiff -- in stark contrast to the irresponsible, almost criminal behavior of the previous chair of the committee.
"So what is the president afraid of? Is he afraid of the truth, that he would go after a member, a chairman of a committee, a respected chairman of a committee in the Congress?
"I think they're just scaredy cats," Pelosi continued. "They just don't know what to do. So they have to make an attack. They did the wrong thing. The American people know that. It's their own insecurity, their own fear of the truth. Their fear of the facts. And their fear of an effective, patriotic leader who, in his measured way, is going to make sure the American people know the truth."
Pelosi also demanded the release of the full Mueller report, but she stopped short of saying she would subpoena the Justice Department if that full report is not forthcoming.
"I support my chairmen," she said. She described herself as a big believer in the committee system: "They take the first bite of this wormy apple and I trust their judgment as to how we go forward."
Pelosi also said Congress does not accept the attorney general's "interpretation" of what the Mueller report said. She called Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary of the report "condescending," "arrogant," "and it wasn't the right thing to do."
Pelosi also took issue with the Mueller report for indicating there was no "tacit cooperation" between the Trump campaign and Russia. She pointed to the failure of Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump campaign to inform the FBI that some Russian promised them "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.