For some reason, Republicans remain obsessed with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who is now running for Senate in his home state in hopes of securing the seat that Democratic incumbent Dianne Feinstein will be vacating.
“MAGA extremists just filed a motion to censure and fine me $16 million because I stood up to Donald Trump and his allies,” Schiff said Tuesday on Twitter. “They’re 8 days away from defaulting on our debt, but Speaker McCarthy and his MAGA allies would rather try to silence me. But I’m not backing down. Ever.”
A resolution to expel Schiff from his seat in Congress was introduced by a GOP member of the House from Florida, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna. According to a listing on Congress.gov, the actual text of that proposed resolution is short, and it doesn’t in itself include any explanation for the push against the California Democrat, although allies of former President Donald Trump in the Republican Party have long been upset about Schiff’s role in helping expose any ties between the former president, his team, and Russian interests.
Schiff was also involved in impeachment pushes against Trump in Congress, having led the presentation of the case to the Senate after the House voted to impeach Trump in outrage over evident attempts to essentially bully Ukrainian authorities into conducting investigative work that would have been favorable to Donald’s ambitions of securing another term.
A later resolution to, as Schiff noted, censure and fine him was also introduced by Luna. It was something called a privileged resolution, meaning a vote on the floor was expected, though members could just opt to send the initiative to a committee, where it could be expected to languish — and that is, in fact, what evidently occurred. It went to the Ethics Committee. Such is noted on Congress.gov, but it’s unclear if there’s a vote record available. The dollar amount included in Luna’s demands — which have no formal cosponsors — is supposedly half the cost of the Russia investigation, at least as led in part by Schiff when he was chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee.
MAGA extremists just filed a motion to censure and fine me $16 million because I stood up to Donald Trump and his allies.
They’re 8 days away from defaulting on our debt, but Speaker McCarthy and his MAGA allies would rather try to silence me.
But I’m not backing down. Ever.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 23, 2023