House Republicans vote to censure Adam Schiff

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Wave wire Services

BURBANK — The Republican-controlled House of Representatives officially censured Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, June 21, a rare move made in retribution for his leading role in the first impeachment of then-President Donald Trump.

The House resolution, which passed along party lines, accused Schiff of “misleading the American public” during a congressional probe of alleged ties between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign, and for his role in the impeachment.

Schiff defended himself on the House floor, almost taking pride in having raised the ire of Republicans and prompting such a “sham resolution.”

“You honor me with your enmity. You flatter me with this falsehood,” Schiff said. “You, who are the authors of the ‘Big Lie’ about the last election must condemn the truth-tellers, and I stand proudly before you. Your words tell me that I have been effective in the defense of our democracy, and I am grateful.”

He took further aim at Republicans, saying it is they who should face censure for proliferating false claims about the last presidential election.

“Why are you not standing beside me, the subject of a similar rebuke for speaking the truth? Why did you not stand up to Donald Trump?” he asked.

“Will it be said of you that you lacked the courage to stand up to the most immoral, unlawful and unethical president in history, but consoled yourselves by attacking those who did?”

After the resolution passed, House Democrats repeatedly chanted “Shame” in unison.

The censure resolution was introduced by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Florida, who denied that the measure was a “partisan act,” but instead a “clear vote between right and wrong.” Luna originally introduced the resolution earlier this month but it failed to gain traction. Her revised resolution had some substantive changes, most notably eliminating a proposed $16 million fine.

Schiff is in his fifth term in Congress and is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

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