(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee and a staunch conveyor of the Trump collusion narrative, is the target of President Trump's ire on this first Monday in February:
"Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!" Trump tweeted shortly after 7:30 a.m.
In response, Schiff tweeted: "Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of 'Executive Time.' Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or...really anything else."
Trump, in another tweet, also thanked Fox News for its coverage of the Republican memo, which alleges FBI abuses in procuring a FISA warrant for surveillance on Carter Page.
“Thank you to @foxandfriends for exposing the truth. Perhaps that’s why your ratings are soooo much better than your untruthful competition!” Trump wrote.
Later on Monday morning, Trump hailed intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes: "Representative Devin Nunes, a man of tremendous courage and grit, may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!"
Schiff told ABC's "This Week" that the Republican-produced memo was done with one goal in mind -- "impeaching the FBI."
He said the Republicans' only interest in releasing the memo was to achieve "a political hit job on the FBI in the service of the president."
Schiff said the memo is inaccurate, and he said the FBI's Russia investigation "began with George Papadopoulos, someone who was meeting secretly with the Russians and talking about the stolen Clinton emails."
Republicans counter that the FBI never would have obtained a FISA warrant for Carter Page without the unverified Steele dossier. The FISA judge was not told specifically that the DNC and the Clinton campaign paid for the dossier, although the FISA application did note a political motivation, Schiff said.
Asked if the FBI made any mistakes, Schiff responded, "We don't know." He said the intelligence committee has not followed the normal oversight process by bringing in FBI officials for questioning. "The goal here is to undermine the FBI, discredit the FBI," Schiff said.
Former CIA Director John Brennan told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that it would have been "derelict" of the FBI not to investigative Americans "who might have been involved with Russia and working on their behalf, either wittingly or unwittingly."
Brennan, an outspoken Trump critic, also said intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes has acted "purely to defend, make excuses and try to protect Mr. Trump."