US House Censures Adam Schiff Over Trump-Russia Collusion Claims

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US House of Representatives voted to formally censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) over his claims regarding alleged collusion between former US President Donald Trump and Russia in his previous role as head of the House Intelligence Committee.

House lawmakers passed the resolution along party lines on Wednesday in a vote of 213-209, with six members voting present.

Moments after the vote, House Democrats began heckling McCarthy in the lower chamber, shouting “shame.”

“Adam Schiff abused his position as chair of [the House Intelligence Committee] to lie and lead America through a national nightmare with the fake Russia collusion narrative,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said in a statement.

Schiff “abused his trust” by alleging he had evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia that, as subsequent probes have released, never existed, according to the resolution. Schiff spread false accusations for years and abused his privileged access to classified information, the resolution said.

Moreover, the resolution accuses Schiff of misleading the American people and bringing “disrepute” upon the House of Representatives.

The resolution censures Schiff and directs the House Ethics Committee to conduct an investigation into Schiff’s actions.

FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., speak with members of the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Justice Department under former President Donald Trump secretly seized data from the accounts of at least two Democratic lawmakers in 2018 as part of an aggressive crackdown on leaks related to the Russia investigation and other national security matters, according to three people familiar with the seizures. - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.01.2023

‘Not Anything Political’: House Speaker McCarthy Boots Democrats Schiff, Swalwell From Intel Panel

Ahead of the vote, Schiff offered his thanks to Democratic colleagues who had attempted to strike down the measure, saying: “You honor me with your enmity. You flatter me with this falsehood. You, who are the authors of a 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 later added that he would wear the “partisan vote as a badge of honor.”

Censure registers the House’s deep disapproval of a member’s conduct and provides for public rebuke in the chamber.

Wednesday’s vote marks Schiff as the 25th such House lawmaker to face such a punishment.

The measure, introduced by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) last week, was initially rejected by Republican lawmakers after officials deemed the multimillion-dollar fine attached to the resolution unconstitutional. GOP officials backed the measure once the fine was dropped.





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