House votes down effort to censure Trump nemesis Adam Schiff – as 20 Republicans join Democrats to table resolution condemning him
- Freshman GOP Congresswoman tried to hit Schiff with a fine equal to half the cost of the Russiagate probes
- 20 Republicans joined Democrats in voting down the measure, which failed in a 225-196 vote
- Trump regularly clashed with Schiff over his attempts to impeach him
A measure by a freshman Republican to fine Adam Schiff $16 million for promoting the now-debunked narrative that Donald Trump worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election failed on the House floor Wednesday.
20 Republicans joined Democrats in voting down the measure, which failed in a 225-196 vote.
There were seven lawmakers who voted ‘present.’
Anna Paulina Luna, a 34-year-old lawmaker representing Florida, said Tuesday that she was bringing forward the censure resolution against Schiff, of California.
Luna, an ardent Trump loyalist representing Florida, lashed out at Adam Schiff during her five-minute speech to the House of Representatives
She accused the Democratic congressman, who is now running for the Senate, of spouting a ‘conspiracy theory’ about Trump’s ties to Russia.
‘The allegation that President Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election has been revealed as false by numerous in-depth investigations.
‘The conspiracy theory was invented, funded and spread by President Trump’s political rivals,’ she added, saying the fine would amount to half of the cost to taxpayers of the Russia probes.
The Trump loyalist Luna also said Schiff enjoyed and abused the special access he got ‘sensitive information unavailable to most members of Congress’ as the chair of the Intelligence Committee.
Luna also pointed to the recently published John Durham report that trashed the FBI investigation into the claims.
Durham said investigators had placed too much emphasis on unverified intelligence complied by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.
She slammed the dossier as being full of ‘debunked collusion accusations’.
Schiff, 62, claimed the move was ‘to distract from Trump’s indictment and retaliate against me for impeaching him.’
‘I’m not backing down,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘This isn’t going to stop me from standing up for our democracy.’
He also posted a link to his fundraising campaign where he is trying to replace the ailing Dianne Feinstein, who said she would step down at the end of her current term next year.
Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky said earlier Wednesday that he would vote against the resolution.
‘Adam Schiff acted unethically but if a resolution to fine him $16 million comes to the floor I will vote to table it. (vote against it),’ he tweeted.
‘The Constitution says the House may make its own rules but we can’t violate other (later) provisions of the Constitution. A $16 million fine is a violation of the 27th and 8th amendments.’
Such reprimands are reserved for serious infractions that fail to reach the threshold of expulsion, and only five members have been expelled in U.S. history.
Trump was up in court in Miami on Tuesday (June 13) to face federal charges over allegations he mishandled classified documents on leaving the White House
Schiff said Luna’s motion was a mere PR stunt to divert attention from Trump’s court hearing Tuesday
The recent investigation by John Durham has since debunked any evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia in the election.
Durham’s task, according to an order by then-attorney general Barr, was to look into the origins of Crossfire Hurricane, which was launched in July 2016, as well as special counsel Robert Mueller’s subsequent investigation initiated in May 2017.
But the special counsel said senior FBI personnel showed ‘a serious lack of analytical rigor’ and a ‘significant reliance on investigative leads provided or funded (directly or indirectly) by Trump’s political opponents.’
The former commander-in-chief has repeatedly clashed with the top Democrat, branding him ‘Shifty Schiff’ over his repeated allegations that he was in cahoots with Vladimir Putin.
Kevin McCarthy, the speaker of the House, removed Schiff from his post as intelligence chair soon as he took up his new role.