On Thursday, all nine Republicans on the committee called on Schiff to resign his chairmanship because he continued to argue there is evidence of collusion between Team Trump and the Russians. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called GOP members “scaredy cats,” Schiff doubled down on his collusion claim, with sound bites about his high standards that soar above the low-ball behavior of the Trump campaign and Republicans who defend the Trump team.

“You may think it’s OK how Trump and his associates interacted with Russians during the campaign,” Schiff said to his colleagues. “I don’t. I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. And yes, I think it’s corrupt.”

When interacting becomes synonymous with colluding, you’re in guilt-by-association territory. And that’s worse than having a pencil neck.