A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee angrily defended Rep. Trey Gowdy against accusations that Gowdy acted as an extra lawyer for Jared Kushner when he interviewed with the committee on Tuesday in the ongoing Russia probe.
"That's horseshit," Tom Rooney, a Republican from Florida, told The Hill.
According to a report earlier in the day from Bloomberg, Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, told a group of reporters, "Mr. Gowdy took the role as a second attorney for Mr. Kushner."
Schiff's remarks came a day after Kushner spent three hours in an interview with the committee. After that meeting, Schiff told reporters the time with Kushner resulted in a "very productive session."
"For somebody to come out and say that about another member is completely inappropriate, and I can't believe he said that," Rooney added.
Schiff's profile has grown, as he has been the face of Democrats' pressure from the committee on the Trump administration for the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Schiff even drew a pointed tweet earlier this week from President Trump.
"Sleazy Adam Schiff, the totally biased Congressman looking into ‘Russia,' spends all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!" Trump tweeted.
Schiff responded on the same day, tweeting back, "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."
Schiff also used Trump's tweet as a fundraising tool. A tweet from the California Democrat said, "Trump attacked me for doing my job. While he tweets, I'm resisting his damaging agenda. Chip in to stand with me."
Another recent report says the White House has been tracking the TV time of Schiff and also of Senator Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who is the ranking member for the Senate Intelligence Committee.