Gaetz’s resolution is being called the “Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses Resolution“—or “Pencil Act.” It calls for Schiff’s resignation from the committee. The acronym Pencil Act is a reference to “pencil neck,” which is President Donald Trump’s recent nickname for Schiff, who many believe lies at “the speed of sound.”
Schiff’s penchant for leaking classified information to his news media friends is reminiscent of Senator Patrick Leahy who was notorious for leaking information about intelligence matters during President Ronald Reagan. Leahy was eventually thrown off the Intelligence Committee and he garnered the nickname Leaky Leahy.
“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congressman Adam Schiff should be removed from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House and that his security clearance should be revoked immediately,” the resolution begins. “Whereas Congressman Adam Schiff is the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives.”
“I have filed legislation today, sent to the House, that Adam Schiff needs to be removed from the Intelligence Committee, because how are the rest of us supposed to be able to rely on a man, who you just showed, lied to the American people when he said that there was not spying? Or when he lied and said that there was actual evidence of collusion or clear evidence of collusion?” Gaetz began.
“If Adam Schiff is able to review covert operations and intelligence, and if we have to rely on his representation, our whole system is broken,” he continued. “It would be like putting Lori Loughlin in charge of the college board. It would be like putting Jussie Smollett in charge of the hate crime of the FBI.”
Video Below: Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., questioned former special counsel Robert Mueller during his July 24 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. Mueller, who led an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign, agreed to appear before Congress, but warned he would not go beyond what was already documented in his final report.