Republicans Chicken Out To Adam Schiff

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Wednesday (June 14), the House killed the resolution to censure Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff’s (Calif.) in the lower Congressional chamber, voting for a Democratic-led proposal to table the measure.

The chamber voted 225 to 196 to table the resolution. Twenty Republicans voted with Democrats to table the measure, while seven lawmakers — five Democrats and two Republicans — voted present.

Following the introduction of the resolution, Schiff said it showed that “Trump and his MAGA supporters view [him] as a threat.”

He added that the reason he had been targeted boiled down to Republicans “think [he] was effective in holding them accountable,” adding that it wouldn’t stop him.

He suggested that the initiative was “deeply counterproductive” to the goal of having him ousted. Still, he insisted that the GOP’s “aim [is] to go after anybody that stands up to them, to try to make an example out of them.”

Schiff explained that their efforts wouldn’t “deter” him.

Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (Fla.) first introduced the censure motion in May but brought it up as a privilege resolution on Tuesday (June 13), forcing the House to act on the legislation.

The Democratic leadership insisted that the measure required a simple majority.

The push by House Republicans to oust Schiff is the latest iteration of the conference’s long-running crusade against the California Democrat, who became a keen adversary for the GOP in the effort against former President Donald Trump while in the White House.

Schiff, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee, led Trump’s first impeachment inquiry, which ended with the House accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Schiff was also a key figure in the Democratic allegations that Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.