"I thought there would be more Jeff Flakes, more John McCains, more Bob Corkers"

Meantime, Schiff was left marveling over a partisan spectacle that seemed to confirm, if nothing else, how committed House Republicans remain to President Trump, despite his historically high disapproval ratings for so early in a presidency and the discomfiting facts that have piled up about the Russian plot to help boost Trump’s campaign. That includes, Schiff pointed out, House Speaker Paul Ryan, whom he called “complicit in all this.”

“I think one of the really sad realizations over the last year is not what kind of a president Donald Trump turns out to be—I think it was all too predictable—but rather, how many members of Congress would be unwilling to stand up to him, and more than that, would be completely willing to carry water for him. That is a very sad realization,” Schiff said. “I did not expect that. I thought there would be more Jeff Flakes, more John McCains, more Bob Corkers—people who would defend our system of checks and balances, would speak out for decency, who would defend the First Amendment.”