(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed a resolution in a 213-209 vote in favor of censuring Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., over his unfounded claims about there being evidence of collusion between former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.
All but six Republicans voted in favor of the resolution, and every Democrat voted against the resolution. As the six Republicans voted “present” the resolution still passed making Schiff the third member of the House in the 21st century to be censured.
Following the vote, the Democrats started shouting “Shame!” and “Disgrace!” At the same time, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., attempted to restore order in the House for a few minutes. During the commotion, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., could also reportedly be heard calling McCarthy a “spiteful coward” and claiming that he had “weak leadership.”
McCarthy, when the order was restored, called for Schiff to present himself to the House, as is required by the resolution. The Democrats cheered for Schiff as he approached, and many of them even hugged him. Schiff will now need to be investigated by the House Committee on Ethics for “falsehoods, misrepresentations, and abuses of sensitive information.”
The original resolution to censure Schiff introduced by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., had been unsuccessful last week in part because of the $16 million fine that it would have required Schiff to pay. This led to 20 Republicans opposing the resolution. However, after that provision was removed the party-line vote allowed the resolution to successfully pass.
Schiff defended himself and even thanked those Republicans who brought forth the resolution, stating that they honored him with their “enmity” and “this falsehood.”
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