Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calf. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat of the House intelligence committee, told the AP that while the U.S. is facing external threats like Russia's interference in the 2016 election, in some respects "the threat from within is more serious."

"We have a president who takes issue with the first amendment, and describes the free press as an enemy of the people, and people in very top levels of Republican leadership who are unwilling to challenge that. You have a president saying our justice system is a joke and a laughing stock...we are tearing down our government from within. That is a serious problem."

More highlights from Schiff:

  • "I think part of what the President is trying to do is disparage the Congressional investigations, disparage Bob Mueller, disparage all of you in the free press, so no matter what is produced, he can say it's a fake."
  • "We need the White House to get the message now that there will be a dramatic pushback should he try to fire Bob Mueller."
  • "GOP members will tell you privately their misgivings about the President and what a difficult position it puts them in, frankly I have no sympathy. I don't want to hear people's private misgivings, people need to talk publicly and show some courage."
  • On Republicans investigating the Clinton uranium deal: "The Speaker -- ultimately the buck stops with him...in this case what he is blessing is an effort, which I think was orchestrated by the White House and its external allies, to distract from the Russia probe...this is disturbing at many levels."
  • "I think we're all going to be held to account one day for what we did when our democracy is under threat."

Sign up for Axios newsletters to get our Smart Brevity delivered to your inbox every morning.

Go deeper

Robert Mueller speaks out on Roger Stone commutation

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Photo: The Washington Post / Contributor

Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.

Trump dons face mask during Walter Reed visit

Trump wearing a face mask in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 11. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump wore a face mask during his Saturday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first known occasion the president has appeared publicly with a facial covering as recommended by health officials since the coronavirus pandemic began, AP writes.

Updated 7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5:30 p.m. ET: 12,607,510 — Total deaths: 562,338 — Total recoveries — 6,948,863Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5:30 p.m. ET: 3,228,884 — Total deaths: 134,600 — Total recoveries: 983,185 — Total tested: 38,919,421Map.
  3. Public health: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: "Please wear a mask to save lives" Fauci hasn't briefed Trump on the coronavirus pandemic in at least two months — We're losing the war on the coronavirus.
  4. Food: How the coronavirus pandemic boosted alternative meat.
  5. Sports: Charge of "money grab" by college football.
  6. World: India reimposes lockdowns as coronavirus cases soar.