Schiff Facing Censure Vote, Fine For ‘Russiagate’ Claims

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who emerged as one of the foremost critics of former President Donald Trump, is facing a vote of censure from his colleagues in the house. The attempted rebuke is based on Schiff’s incorrect claims that the Trump 2016 campaign colluded with the Russian government.

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) introduced the measure, which is expected to receive a vote this week. If it was proven that Schiff lied, the solution would also seek to fine Schiff $16 million, or about half of the cost of the investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller into the Russia collusion claims. 

Luna said that it was the “obligation of House Leadership to back up this motion for the American people and hold this feckless mana accountable.”

Her office released a statement in which she called the resolution “the right thing for House Leadership to support and bring accountability and respect back to the House of Representatives. ALL Members of Congress must be held to this standard.” 

The statement also called Schiff’s statements, which were recently refuted by the Durham Report, an “egregious abuse of the trust of the American people.” 

It adds that Luna “anticipates that House Leadership will hold this spineless man accountable for his deceitful actions.”

The current effort also follows one earlier this year to remove Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee. Conservatives argued that Schiff abused his position on the committee in his pursuit of the former president.

Both Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) were removed from the committee by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in January.

McCarthy wrote in a statement to House Minority Leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) that he could not put “partisan loyalty ahead of national security.” 

“Integrity matters more,” he wrote. 

The California Republican described the role of the two Trump rivals as engineering “misuses of this panel” which “undermined its primary national security and oversight missions—ultimately leaving our nation less safe.” 

McCarthy selected Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) as the committee’s new chair.