Asked if McCarthy is an “insurrectionist in a suit and tie,” Schiff replied, “Absolutely, absolutely.”
“Unlike those people climbing outside the building, they knew it was a lie. The true believers were out there attacking the building. But inside the chamber, my Republican colleagues know it is a big lie,” Schiff said of the false claims that there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
He also accused the GOP leadership in Congress of being “deathly afraid of crossing” former President Donald Trump.
CNN has reached out to McCarthy’s office for comment.
Schiff on Tuesday said that the committee is attempting to secure their testimony, but also “make it very clear that those who don’t cooperate with our committee are going to be the subject of criminal contempt.”
Pressed on the timeline of the criminal referrals, Schiff said, “It will come very fast if people refuse to cooperate, have no basis for their refusal, it will come very fast. I think that’s all I can say.”