Jun 14, 2023 - Politics & Policy

GOP effort to censure Adam Schiff defeated in House vote

Rep. Adam Schiff. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images.

The House on Wednesday voted down a resolution to censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

Why it matters: The push to reprimand the former House Intelligence Committee chair came as former President Trump was arrested on Tuesday over his handling of classified documents.

  • The resolution cited Schiff’s allegations of collusion between Trump and Russia during the 2016 election, and his promotion of the Steele dossier.
  • It proposed fining Schiff $16 million, half the cost of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump.

Driving the news: Democrats introduced a motion to table the resolution, which passed 225-196, effectively killing the effort.

  • 20 House Republicans voted with all Democrats present to defeat the resolution.
  • Five Democrats, all on the House Ethics Committee, voted "present," as did Reps. George Santos (R-N.Y.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
  • The resolution was introduced on Tuesday by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.), a right-wing Trump ally and occasional GOP leadership antagonist.

Between the lines: Republican leadership supported the resolution but did not actively whip votes for it, according to several Republican members.

The intrigue: The censure resolution is helping to juice fundraising for Schiff's Senate campaign.

What they’re saying: Massie compared the $16 million fine to efforts by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during the last Congress to enforce the chamber’s mask mandate.

  • “I’m still litigating a federal lawsuit against Pelosi over a salary reduction she imposed on me for my refusal to wear a mask,” he tweeted.
  • Luna shot back by noting that the fine would have to be levied by the Ethics Committee and could be paid for with campaign funds, differentiating it from Pelosi’s fines.
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