House approves Anna Paulina Luna censure resolution of Adam Schiff over Donald Trump-Russia investigation

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Kevin McCarthy only read the censure partially as Democrats in the Chamber heckled him.

The House voted Wednesday to censure U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff for comments he made several years ago about investigations into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, rebuking the Democrat and frequent critic of the former President along party lines.

The California Democrat becomes the 25th House lawmaker to be censured. He was defiant ahead of the vote, saying he will wear the formal disapproval as a “badge of honor” and charging his GOP colleagues of doing the former President’s bidding.

“I will not yield,” Schiff, who is running for the Senate in his home state, said during debate over the measure. “Not one inch.”

More than 20 Republicans voted with Democrats last week to block the censure resolution, but they changed their votes this week after the measure’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, a St. Petersburg Republican, removed a provision that could have fined Schiff $16 million if the House Ethics Committee determined he lied. Several of the Republicans who voted to block the resolution last week said they opposed fining a member of Congress in that manner.

When it was time for Schiff to come to the front of the chamber to be formally censured, immediately after the vote, the normally solemn ceremony turned into more of a celebratory atmosphere. Dozens of Democrats crowded to the front, clapping and cheering for Schiff and patting him on the back. They chanted “No!,” “Shame!” and “Adam! Adam!”

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, read the resolution out loud, as is tradition after a censure. But he only read part of the document before leaving the chamber as Democrats heckled and interrupted him.

“Censure all of us,” one Democrat yelled.

Schiff, the former Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the lead prosecutor in Trump’s first impeachment trial, has long been a top Republican political target. Soon after taking back the majority this year, Republicans blocked him from sitting on the intelligence panel.

The final vote on Wednesday was 213-209 along party lines, with a handful of members voting present.

The revised resolution says Schiff held positions of power during Trump’s presidency and “abused this trust by saying there was evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.” Schiff was one of the most outspoken critics of the former President as both the Justice Department and the Republican-led House launched investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia in 2017. Both investigations concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election but neither found evidence of a criminal conspiracy.

“Representative Schiff purposely deceived his Committee, Congress, and the American people,” the resolution said.

The House has only censured two other lawmakers in the last 20 years. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona was censured in 2021 for tweeting an animated video that depicted him striking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, with a sword. Former Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York was censured in 2010 for serious financial and campaign misconduct.

The censure itself carries no practical effect, except to provide a historic footnote that marks a lawmaker’s career. But the GOP resolution would also launch an ethics investigation into Schiff’s conduct.

While Schiff did not initiate the 2017 congressional investigation into Trump’s Russia ties — then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican who later became one of Trump’s most ardent defenders, started it — Republicans arguing in favor of his censure Wednesday blamed him for what they said was the fallout of that probe, and of the separate investigation started that same year by Trump’s own Justice Department.

Luna said that Schiff’s comments that there was evidence against Trump “ripped apart American families across the country” and that he was “permanently destroying family relationships.” Several blamed him for the more than $30 million spent by then-special counsel Robert Mueller, who led the Justice Department probe.

Schiff said the censure resolution “would accuse me of omnipotence, the leader of some vast Deep State conspiracy, and of course, it is nonsense.”

Democrats aggressively defended their colleague. Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, who led Trump’s second impeachment, called the effort an “embarrassing revenge tour on behalf of Donald Trump.”

Mueller, who led the two-year Justice Department investigation, determined that Russia intervened on the campaign’s behalf and that Trump’s campaign welcomed the help. But Mueller’s team did not find that the campaign conspired to sway the election, and the Justice Department did not recommend any criminal charges.

The House intelligence committee probe launched by Nunes similarly found that Russia intervened in the election but that there was no evidence of a criminal conspiracy. Schiff was the top Democrat on the panel at the time.

Schiff said last week that the censure resolution was “red meat” that McCarthy was throwing to his conference amid squabbles over government spending. Republicans are trying to show their fealty to Trump, Schiff said.

He said he warned the country during impeachment proceedings three years ago that Trump “would go on to do worse. And of course he did worse in the form of a violent attack on the Capitol.”

After Democrats won the House majority in 2018, the House impeached Trump for abuse of power after he threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine and urged the country’s President to investigate then-candidate Joe Biden. Schiff was the lead House prosecutor making the case for conviction to the Senate, arguing repeatedly that “right matters.” The Republican-led chamber ultimately acquitted him.

Trump was impeached a second time a year later, after he had left office, for his role in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol. The Senate again acquitted Trump.

In the censure resolution against Schiff, Luna also cited a report released in May from Special Counsel John Durham that found that the FBI rushed into its investigation of Trump’s campaign and relied too much on raw and unconfirmed intelligence.

Durham — who testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday — said investigators repeatedly relied on “confirmation bias,” ignoring or rationalizing away evidence that undercut their premise of a Trump-Russia conspiracy as they pushed the probe forward. But he did not allege that political bias or partisanship were guiding factors for the FBI’s actions.

In the hours before the vote, Schiff’s campaign sent out a fundraising email that said Luna had introduced “yet ANOTHER resolution to censure me.”

“The vote and debate will happen imminently,” the email read, asking recipients to donate to help him fight back. “Once more, I have to be on the House floor to listen as MAGA Republicans push false and defamatory lies about me.”

Democrats argued the House censure resolution is an effort to distract from Trump’s recent indictment on federal charges of hoarding classified documents — several of which dealt with sensitive national security matters — and attempting to conceal them. House Republicans, most of whom are loyal to Trump, say the indictment is more evidence that the government is conspiring against the former president.

“This is not a serious resolution,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean, a Pennsylvania Democrat., but political theater to “distract from Donald Trump’s history of transgressions and now indictments.”

Associated Press


  • Elliott Offen

    June 22, 2023 at 7:25 am

    Trump was a con man, snake oil salesmen, liar, and he got a girl killed at the Capitol. Not to mention election interference, “I just need you to find more votes than we have.” He should be arrested immediately. His stupid supporters should be beaten in public.


    June 22, 2023 at 7:38 am

    Good morning Smelliott,
    Great set-up for your boss, Earl Pitts American, to come in for the slam-dunk. You are the best!!!!
    Thank you Smelliott,
    Earl Pitts “We Got These Lefty’s P00pin” American

    • Elliott Offen

      June 22, 2023 at 7:43 am

      Only a psychotic and delusional narcissist.. schizophrenic such as yourself would think that you could salvage anything from what that comment did to your criminal bung hole 👉🍩 What happened to the Rubio canvasser will happen to you eventually. I know the type.


        June 22, 2023 at 7:52 am

        My man Smelliott,
        Even better, Smelliott I, Earl Pitts American, am not paying you enough.
        I’ve arainged a car for your use down at the local Cadallac dealership.
        Just take an Uber down there, pick up the keys, and drive it like you stole it!!!
        My man “Smell”,
        Thanks Buddy,
        Earl Pitts American


          June 22, 2023 at 9:02 am

          Good morning America,
          The left in America always pushes the envelope of dook 4 brains lefty stupidity too far…way too far each and everytime our conservative God and Country based Great Nation relent to their whining and allow the left to “borrow the controls of the car of governance” in our Great Nation.
          As a result what typically happens, because the leftys drove the family car of governance, once again just like last time and the time before…and the time before that…off the cliff of responsability:
          The pendulem of the American voter swings back the other way to electing conservative candidates into the halls of government.
          The expectation from the child minded dook 4 brains leftists is for the conservative adults of the Nation to re-assume the control of govornance to fix all the crap the leftist politicans messed up…but never for too long as the left (like bratty bad @55 kids) always are scheming and clammering to regain their driving priveldges so they can once again trash the “family car” of governance.
          Well lefties as you can clearly see you all have really messed up this time, you got some ‘splaining to do with the American Voters who are really whizzed off at you this time and are going to put you on restrictions by taking the “car of governance” away from you for the next 8 years.
          Thank you America,
          Earl Pitts “The Big Voice On The Right” American

  • railfan

    June 22, 2023 at 8:04 am

    St Petersburg Florida is a national embarrassment

  • PeterH

    June 22, 2023 at 10:54 am

    Today’s Republican Party embarrasses our International standing everyday.

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • C.O. Lapse

    June 24, 2023 at 7:43 am

    America is coming down around our ears, and Schiff and his colleagues are kicking the blocks from beneath it.

    • Joe

      June 26, 2023 at 2:45 pm

      You sound pretty dumb.

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