They Punished Him This Week

( – The US House of Representatives finally decided to censure, or formally reprimand, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff. The decision came after Schiff repeatedly insisted that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was involved in a conspiracy with Russia, a claim led by President Vladimir Putin.

The voting on the resolution to condemn Schiff was divided along party lines.

Out of 213 Republican members, all voted in favor, while 209 Democrats voted against, according to Breitbart News. It’s worth noting that the Republicans currently have a slight majority in the House, with 222 seats to the Democrats’ 213.

Six Republicans did not cast a direct vote; instead, they voted “present,” effectively abstaining from the process. Five of these representatives are members of the House Ethics Committee, which, according to the resolution, is now required to investigate Schiff.

Tensions were high during the vote. When the House Speaker, Republican Kevin McCarthy, read the censure motion, Democratic legislators voiced their disapproval by shouting “Shame!” and “Disgrace.” McCarthy’s response was a simple “I have all night.”

The resolution publicly criticized Schiff for spreading allegations about Trump’s collusion with Russia. This was during his term as the leading Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The resolution also directed the House Ethics Committee to investigate Schiff for his supposed “falsehoods, misrepresentations, and abuses of sensitive information.”

The resolution mentioned Schiff’s use of the controversial Steele Dossier, which accused various Trump associates of conspiring with Russia. Schiff placed these allegations into the Congressional Record.

Despite multiple federal investigations finding no evidence to support Schiff’s claims since 2016, Schiff continued to assert there was “clear evidence” of Trump’s collusion. Before the censure vote, Schiff remained unyielding, stating that he would consider the censure a “badge of honor.”

He declared, “I wear this partisan vote as a badge of honor, knowing that I have lived my oath, knowing that I have done my duty to hold a dangerous and out of control president accountable, and knowing that I would do so again in a heartbeat if the circumstances should ever require it.”

It’s essential to understand that censure is a serious sanction for a US lawmaker, second only to expulsion. Such measures are rarely taken. Over the past four decades, only two Congress members have been censured. The most recent case was in 2021 when Republican Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona was punished for a tweet that appeared to depict him attacking Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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