The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to censure the deputy. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to push allegations that former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia — a vote that made Schiff the third House member to be censored since the turn of the century.
Resolution 213-209 passed in a vote—every Republican except for six who voted “present” voted in favor, and every Democrat voted against.
Immediately after the vote, Democrats gathered on the floor and chanted “Shame!” and “Disgrace!” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., also tried to knock on the House floor for several minutes. representative. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, was heard calling McCarthy a “spiteful coward” and accusing him of “weak leadership”.
McCarthy then asked Schiff to introduce himself in the well of the House, and Democrats clapped and cheered as he approached. After being interrupted several times by Democrats, McCarthy said, “I hold on all night.”
Schiff then stood as well in the House as the resolution required, embraced and cheered by dozens of Democrats who surrounded him. The action also requires the House Committee on Ethics to investigate Schiff’s “lies, misrepresentations, and misuse of sensitive information.”
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This was the second time the House had attempted to pass a resolution criticizing Schiff from the Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla. A resolution by Luna failed in the House of Representatives last week because it recommended a $16 million fine for Schiff, which Democrats and 20 Republicans opposed.
With that language removed, the resolution was able to pass a party-line vote, which Luna said was needed to respond to Schiff’s “lies” about Trump.
“As Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff launched an all-out political campaign based on baseless distortions against an American president in office, to the detriment of every citizen of this country and the honor of the House of Representatives,” Luna said. before voting. “With access to sensitive information unavailable to most members of Congress and certainly inaccessible to the American people, Schiff abused his privileges, claiming to know the truth while leaving Americans in the dark about his web of lies…lies so severe that they changed country path forever.”
Schiff, speaking in his own defense on the House floor, thanked Republicans for bringing the resolution forward again.
“To my fellow Republicans who introduced this resolution, I thank you. You honor me with your hostility, flattering me with this falsehood,” Schiff said.
He said, “You are the authors of a big lie about the last election, you should condemn whoever is telling the truth.” “And I stand proudly before you. Your words tell me that I have been instrumental in defending our democracy, and I am grateful.”
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Schiff was a leader of Trump’s first impeachment, which was triggered by a phone call he made with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he attempted to take advantage of U.S. military assistance in an effort to get him to announce an investigation into incumbent President Biden.
Democrats tried to introduce the resolution to criticize Schiff on Wednesday but failed by a party-wide vote of 218-208.
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Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t mince words when she accused Republicans of doing Trump’s bidding and told them they looked “miserable” in the process.
“Turn the other side of this room where slavery was abolished, where Medicare and Social Security and everything was established, and turn it into a puppet show,” Pelosi said. “And you know what? The puppeteer, Donald Trump, is pulling strings. You look miserable. You look miserable… You’re wasting time.”
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The vote is not the first time that House Republicans have used their majority in this Congress to target Schiff. McCarthy pulled Schiff from the Intelligence Committee this year for promoting allegations that the Trump campaign in 2016 was working with Russia, an allegation that has never been proven.