Republican Congresswoman Calls for Censure and $16 Million Fine for Adam Schiff Over Russian Collusion Claims
A Republican member of Congress is demanding that Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff pay a hefty price for pushing the discredited story of Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign onto the American people. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna of Florida has called for Schiff to be censured and fined $16 million for his leading role in promoting the false tale of collusion as the truth.
Luna stated, “The Durham Report makes clear that the Russian Collusion was a lie from day one and Schiff knowingly used his position in an attempt to divide our country.” She added, “This will be a privileged motion to censure & a $16 million dollar fine (half the cost of the Russia hoax investigation) meaning I WILL bring this vote to the house floor. I will not back down from this and I, along with my Republican colleagues, look forward to holding Schiff ACCOUNTABLE for his actions.”
This will be a privileged motion to censure & a $16 million dollar fine (half the cost of the Russia hoax investigation) meaning I WILL bring this vote to the house floor. I will not back down from this and I, along with my Republican colleagues, look forward to holding Schiff… pic.twitter.com/m7Pra52bPA
— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) May 23, 2023
Luna’s resolution calls for Schiff to be censured “for conduct that misleads the American people in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House of Representatives” and fined $16 million. The resolution castigates Schiff for his conduct during the Russia probe, stating that he “purposely deceived his Committee, Congress, and the American people” and “used his position and access to sensitive information to instigate a fraudulently based investigation, which he then used to amass political gain and fundraising dollars.”
The resolution also highlights Schiff’s false memo justifying the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application on Trump associate Carter Page, which Inspector General Horowitz later found was riddled with 17 major mistakes and omissions, provoking FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer to state unequivocally that the Federal Bureau of Investigation ‘[misled] the FISC.’”
Despite the resolution, Schiff remains dismissive, stating, “MAGA extremists just filed a motion to censure and fine me $16 million because I stood up to Donald Trump and his allies. They’re 8 days away from defaulting on our debt, but Speaker McCarthy and his MAGA allies would rather try to silence me. But I’m not backing down. Ever.”
The text of House Resolution 437 notes that Schiff, from his position on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives “abused this trust by citing evidence of collusion that—as is clear from reports by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, and Special Counsel Durham—does not exist.”
The resolution said Schiff “purposely deceived his Committee, Congress, and the American people” and acted “to encourage and excuse abusive intelligence investigations of Americans for political purposes.”
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