The House Votes to Censure Rep. Adam Schiff for Allegations of Collusion
The House of Representatives made a significant decision on Wednesday, voting to censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for allegations that he abused the trust of his constituents. The accusations revolve around his persistent promotion of the theory that former President Donald Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
The vote to condemn the California Democrat resulted in a close tally of 213-209. Notably, several Republican representatives, including Michael Guest (R-MS), Dave Joyce (R-OH), John Rutherford (R-NE), Ken Buck (R-CO), Michelle Fischbach (R-MN), and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), voted present. The aftermath of the censure vote was marked by intense emotions, with House Democrats shouting “shame, shame, shame” and “disgrace” at their Republican counterparts. Meanwhile, as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) read the resolution, House Democrats chanted “Adam, Adam, Adam” in support of Schiff.
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During the reading of the censure resolution, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) directed a scathing remark at McCarthy, labeling him a “spiteful coward.” The resolution received overwhelming support from all but six Republicans, overcoming previous objections from some party members who had voted against a similar motion the previous week. The original bill language included a $16 million fine, which led to 20 GOP lawmakers objecting to the measure.
However, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) took action to address these concerns by removing the provision, ultimately securing the necessary votes to pass the resolution on Wednesday. Luna filed the privileged motion on Tuesday, denouncing Schiff for his promotion of unproven allegations regarding Trump-Russia collusion, particularly his reliance on the discredited dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele. These claims faced renewed scrutiny earlier this year following the release of the Durham report, which concluded that the FBI had insufficient grounds to initiate the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Trump and Russia in 2016.
The report ultimately deemed the investigation fundamentally flawed, highlighting the lack of a proper basis for its initiation. Additionally, it revealed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign played a significant role in disseminating collusion claims to both the media and the FBI.
Unsurprisingly, Schiff has rejected the motion, dismissing it as a misuse of House resources. In response to the censure vote, he defiantly stated, “This is a badge of honor. They go after people that are effective. I expose the corruption of the former president. I led the first impeachment trial of the former president to the first bipartisan vote to remove a president.”
A censure vote, while symbolic and lacking real consequences, does not remove a lawmaker from office. However, it can have lasting implications, especially as Schiff pursues a bid to replace the retiring Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in the Senate. The matter will now be referred to the Ethics Committee for a thorough investigation, as outlined in the measure.
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