Vote to Censure Adam Schiff Fails

Vote to Censure Adam Schiff Fails

( – When Republicans gained control of the House in the 2022 midterm elections, they vowed to remove specific Democratic lawmakers from their committee assignments. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was one of them. In late January, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made good on that promise, booting Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee. Recently, another lawmaker tried to censure him, but the effort failed.

On June 9, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) filed H. Res. 489 seeking to censure Schiff for his role in the Russian collusion investigation. In a press statement on her website, she talked about a previous iteration of the censure filed in May, referred to the House Ethics Committee, and claimed her fellow representative “has betrayed the trust of the American people, abused positions of extreme authority, [and] lied continuously.” In addition to holding him accountable, the resolution would call for him to pay a $16 million fine, half the amount taxpayers paid for the “Russia hoax investigation,” according to Luna.

The legislation went to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday, June 14. The chamber passed a motion to table the measure in a vote of 225 to 196; 20 Republicans sided with Democrats. Two other Republicans voted “present,” meaning they didn’t support or oppose the resolution.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, June 14, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), one of the 20 Republicans who voted to table the action, acknowledged that he believes Schiff “acted unethically” but said Luna’s resolution violated the 8th and 27th Amendments. He further justified his actions by saying he was still fighting a “federal lawsuit against Pelosi” for the fines levied against him and others for refusing to wear a mask.

Schiff said the move was nothing more than “political payback,” according to NBC News, and acknowledged the win on Twitter. He also relayed that Luna informed him of her plans to file another resolution against him next week, modifying it to remove the $16 million fine. It’s unclear whether the Republicans who voted against the measure would support it with those changes.

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