On Sunday night, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff mocked President Donald Trump on Twitter. In response to a tweet in which the President claimed to have accomplished more in his first 10 months in office than any of his predecessors, the representative listed three Trump staffers who been the subjects of various political scandals.
Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon:
Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia, Russia. Despite this I have the economy booming and have possibly done more than any 10 month President. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Several hours later, Schiff responded to that claim:
Your campaign manger indicted, foreign policy advisor ("excellent guy") pled guilty, and national security advisor fired for lying. More than any other 10-month President, true!
Schiff is the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, which has been tasked with investigating whether or not, and to what extent, Russia may have interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The three staffers that Schiff alluded to were former national security advisor Michael Flynn, former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and former campaign advisor George Papadopoulos. In February, Flynn resigned from his position after it came to light that he had misled the White House about conversations he had had with a Russian ambassador. Manafort turned himself over to authorities in October, after being indicted on a slew of charges related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign. Around the same time, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Kremlin-connected Russians.
Over the course of the past year, Schiff has made somewhat of a name for himself as a vocal Trump critic who is hard on the President and his party when it comes to allegations of Russian electoral interference. The two have repeatedly sparred over Twitter since Trump took office. Earlier in November, Schiff told the AP that "democracy is under threat" because of alleged Russian interference, and additionally because he said he believes Trump has been working to undermine the investigation and its media coverage. Trump has denied allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia.
In July, after Schiff appeared on the previous weekend's Meet the Press episode to discuss the Russian interference investigation, Trump nicknamed the congressman "Sleazy Adam Schiff."
Sleazy Adam Schiff, the totally biased Congressman looking into "Russia," spends all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!
In response, the congressman tweeted:
With respect Mr. President, the problem is how often you watch TV, and that your comments and actions are beneath the dignity of the office.
Conflicts between the two politicians have been ongoing, and have also broached subjects not related to the Russia investigation. Even as recently as Nov. 19, Schiff went toe-to-toe with the President over comments he made about three American students who were released from Chinese jail, after being arrested on shoplifting charges. After the students were released, Trump tweeted that LaVar Ball, father of student LiAngelo Ball, was "unaccepting" of what Trump had done to help and suggested that he "should have left them in jail."
"The President would have left American students in a foreign jail because their families didn't lavish sufficient praise on him," Schiff responded, also on Twitter. "How can someone in such a big office be so small?"
As for the Russia investigation, it remains ongoing. Trump has repeatedly and consistently denied that the investigation is necessary, describing the probe as both a hoax and a "witch hunt." He has, at times, suggested that investigations look into Hillary Clinton's campaign instead of his own, arguing that his team did not deserve to be under more scrutiny than her own.