Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) reintroduced legislation Thursday called the “PENCIL Act” that would impose a ban on Adam Schiff (D-CA) handling classified information.
Former President Donald Trump, who called Schiff a “little pencil neck” during a rally in 2019, inspired Gaetz’s resolution acronym, “Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses.”
In a statement, Gaetz told the Daily Caller, “Congressman Adam Schiff led the effort for years to weaponize lies from the Clinton campaign and a corrupt Department of Justice to smear President Trump while destroying any trust the country had left in America’s intelligence agencies.”
Gaetz also tweeted, “No one can truly defend Adam Schiff. He made his career leaking and then embroidering lies onto those very leaks. That’s why I introduced the PENCIL Resolution today to block Adam Schiff from accessing classified information.”
The reintroduction of the legislation comes two days after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) officially booted Schiff and fellow California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee.
Schiff then posted on the Chinese-owned TikTok app after McCarthy removed him from the House Intelligence Committee, saying he was fired “for doing my job, for holding Trump accountable and standing up to the extreme MAGA Republicans.”
Congressman Matt Gaetz made a brilliant move by reintroducing the “PENCIL Act” with an acronym that teases Adam Schiff. The cleverly worded title of this legislation serves to reinforce the notion that Schiff is unworthy of trust and must be put in his place. It is clear that Gaetz has sent the message that it will not be tolerated when members like Schiff fail in handling classified information properly.