Trump lashes out at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff

By Emily Tillett

/ CBS News

Dems launching probes into Trump amid warning

President Trump is lashing out at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for what he claims to be "presidential harassment" after Schiff announced that he would be pursuing further investigations on the president. The investigations would be part of the Democrat-driven probe of Russian influence in the 2016 election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

"So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment" Mr. Trump tweeted on Thursday.

So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019

He added, "The Dems and their committees are going 'nuts.' The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do the same thing. Even stealing people who work at White House! A continuation of Witch Hunt!"

….The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do the same thing. Even stealing people who work at White House! A continuation of Witch Hunt!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019

"PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!" he said in a third tweet. "It should never be allowed to happen again!"

The president's latest comments come after he called Schiff a "political hack" during a White House event on Wednesday, saying the congressman has "no basis" for his probe and is "trying to build a name for himself."

Schiff said lawmakers on the House panel are "not going to be intimidated or threatened by the president to withhold any legislative advancement if we do our proper oversight."

The chairman said in a statement that the committee's new investigative threads include:

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Mr. Trump made an appeal to Congress to limit what he called "ridiculous partisan investigations."

Olivia Gazis contributed to this report

First published on February 7, 2019

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Emily Tillett

Emily Tillett is a politics reporter and video editor for CBS News Digital

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