GOP Turns Up The Heat On Schiff
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, representing Louisiana, announced on Tuesday that the House is anticipated to hold a vote during the current week regarding a motion concerning the censure and imposition of fines on Representative Adam Schiff, who represents California as a Democrat.
According to Newsmax, on Tuesday, a privileged resolution was presented to the House floor by Representative Anna Paulina Luna, a Republican from Florida. The resolution was prompted by what Luna described as Representative Adam Schiff’s “egregious abuse of the trust of the American people.” In addition to censuring Schiff, Luna’s resolution proposes imposing a $16 million fine on him. This amount corresponds to half of the total expenses incurred by American taxpayers for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the alleged collusion between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“He abused his position of authority, lied to the American people, cost American taxpayers millions, and brought dishonor to the chamber,” Luna wrote on Twitter.
Republican Steve Scalise mentioned that the measure is likely to be brought to the House floor on Wednesday. The office of House Minority Whip Katherine Clark, a Democrat from Massachusetts, confirmed that a procedural vote on the resolution is also anticipated to take place on Wednesday, as reported by Axios.
Scalise expressed his collaboration with Rep. Luna, emphasizing their shared goal of ensuring the resolution’s passage. He stated to reporters that they will be working closely together to facilitate its consideration on the House floor.
Upon the GOP’s assumption of control over the House, Speaker Kevin McCarthy, representing California as a Republican, made the decision to remove Schiff from his position on the Intelligence Committee. McCarthy specifically criticized Schiff’s conduct as chair during the initial impeachment inquiry of President Trump, alleging that Schiff utilized his role to deceive the American public through falsehoods.
Schiff, who intends to pursue the Democratic nomination for California’s U.S. Senate seat in the 2024 election, which is currently held by Dianne Feinstein, stated that Luna’s resolution is merely a diversionary tactic aimed at diverting attention from the ongoing legal challenges faced by former President Trump.