Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has finally paid the price for his false and misleading statement during the Russia collusion investigation into former President Donald Trump. House Republicans voted on Wednesday to censure the lawmaker for his conduct during the Russian collusion investigation.
According to the Daily Caller, The censure resolution asserts that Schiff falsely claimed to have evidence that Trump’s campaign had colluded with Russian operatives to influence the 2016 election.
1) House votes to censure Schiff for his role in the Russia probe
The vote: 213 to 209.
Six GOP members voted present. Reps. David Joyce (R-OH), Michael Guest (R-MS), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Ken Buck (R-CO), John Rutherford (R-FL) and Michelle Fischbach (R-MN).
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The resolution accused Schiff of misusing his position as the then-House Intelligence Committee chairman when he produced a memo justifying the accuracy of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application used to spy on Trump associate Carter Page.
The warrant was later found to have 17 major mistakes and omissions, forcing FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer to state unequivocally that the FBI misled the court.
The censure, introduced by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), directs the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into Schiff’s conduct during the Russia collusion investigation.
The vote to censure Schiff passed the House 213 to 209 along party lines. A previous version of the censure that would have seen the California lawmaker fined $16 million failed.
Schiff, who has shown no remorse over the resolution, told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that he would wear the censure as a badge of honor. Schiff falsely accused House Republicans who voted to hold him accountable of being pressured by Trump.
“This was a MAGA resolution that Donald Trump threatened if any Republicans voted against it like they did last week, they would be subject to a primary challenge,” Schiff claimed. “So, this is basically Trump and MAGA world going after someone they think is effective in standing up to them.”
Shiff told Cooper that he has no regrets over his action and would do it again if he had the chance.
“No, not at all. I think the investigation of his misconduct was very important,” Schiff said when asked if had any regrets. “It ultimately led to his impeachment, which I was proud to lead. It led to the first bipartisan vote to remove a president in U.S. history. I was also proud to serve on the January 6 Committee, and I would do all of that again. And I would do it the same way. What is really the gravel of the offense here is I feel it was effective at holding him to a account. And if the need were to arise, I would do it all again.”