Republicans Defy Party: Censure Schiff Vote Stuns

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Adam Schiff Censured by House for ‘False’ Allegations on Trump-Russia Collusion

Six Republicans Vote Present as House Narrowly Censures Adam Schiff for Pushing Unfounded Claims

On Wednesday, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., faced a narrow censure in the House after six Republicans voted present. This censure comes as a result of Schiff’s relentless push of claims about former President Trump’s 2016 campaign colluding with Russia. With a final vote of 213-209 along party lines, this makes Schiff just the third member of the House to be censured since the turn of the century. Let’s take a closer look at the details surrounding the censure.

Republicans Vote Present

The six Republicans who voted present were Reps. David Joyce of Ohio, Michael Guest of Mississippi, Andrew Garbarino of New York, Ken Buck of Colorado, John Rutherford of Florida, and Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota. These members cited various reasons for abstaining from the vote, with Rep. Joyce stating that he voted present due to his membership in the House Ethics Committee, preferring to avoid prejudging the committee’s investigation. Fox News Digital reached out to all six members for comment, but did not receive any response.

Schiff’s Controversial Claims

Schiff’s censure stemmed from his consistent promotion of allegations that former President Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. Despite the lack of substantial evidence to support these claims, Schiff continued to peddle the narrative. Notably, Schiff’s censure makes him just the third member of the House to face such action since the year 2000. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., was censured in 2021 while Democrats held the majority, and former Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., was censured in 2010.

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Democrats Rally Against Censure

Unsurprisingly, no Democrats voted in favor of censuring Schiff. Following the vote, Democrats gathered on the House floor to express their disapproval, chanting “Shame!” and “Disgrace!” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., attempted to restore order, but the chanting persisted. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., went further by labeling McCarthy a “spiteful coward” and accusing him of “weak leadership.”

Schiff’s Response

Despite the censure, Schiff maintained his position and defended himself from the well of the House. He addressed his Republican colleagues who introduced the resolution and expressed gratitude for their enmity and falsehoods. Schiff highlighted the irony of those who perpetuated the “big lie” about the previous election condemning truth tellers. He concluded by proclaiming his pride in being effective in the defense of democracy.

Changes Made to the Resolution

The censure against Schiff initially failed last week when Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., introduced it with a provision recommending a $16 million fine for Schiff. However, the resolution eventually passed on Wednesday after removing the fine language. The final version of the resolution also includes a requirement for the House Committee on Ethics to investigate Schiff’s “falsehoods, misrepresentations, and abuses of sensitive information.”

Rep. Adam Schiff’s censure by the House marks a significant development in the ongoing discourse surrounding the Trump-Russia collusion allegations. Despite facing opposition from Republicans, Schiff remains resolute in his defense of the claims he has made. As the House Committee on Ethics investigates the allegations against Schiff, the implications of this censure will continue to reverberate throughout Congress and the nation.

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