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Schiff In Rare Congressional Company After Being Censured by House

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California Democrat Adam Schiff has been censured but he has not backed down from his attacks on former President Donald Trump.

Schiff was censured by a majority of House members Wednesday evening and, as a result, has gone down in U.S. history, though not in a favorable manner.

As noted by conservative attorney Rogan O’Handley, Schiff is one of just two dozen members of Congress since the country’s founding to have been censured.

“Adam Schiff has been officially Censured by Congress,” O’Handley, whose social media handle is “DC Draino,” tweeted Wednesday evening following the vote.

“Only 25 Reps have been censured in US history He will now have to stand in front of Congress while Speaker McCarthy scolds him for his role in aiding & abetting illegal spying on President Trump Humiliating!” he added.

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Democrats tried shaming the Republican majority for their vote, but in fact, Schiff’s own conduct throughout former President Donald Trump’s term sealed his fate.

The effort to censure Schiff began with Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.), who labeled him a “criminal” for allegedly leveraging his former position as head of the House Intelligence Committee to falsely accuse former President Donald Trump of “colluding” with Russia to undermine the 2016 election.

But Schiff was undeterred as he appeared on CNN on Wednesday night and spoke to host Anderson Cooper.

“Do you have any regrets on how you handled the Russia issue? Obviously, the former president was never criminally implicated for anything involving Russia,” the host said.

“No, not at all. I think the investigation of his misconduct was very important. It ultimately led to his impeachment, which I was proud to lead, and it led to the first bipartisan vote to remove a president in U.S. history. I was also proud to serve on the January 6th Committee, and I would do all of that again. And I would do it the same way. But what is really the gravamen of the offense here is they feel I was effective at holding him to account. And if the need were to arise again, and God help us if it does, I would do it all over again,” he said in what appeared to be a veiled threat at Trump if he were to become president again.

Former Speaker of the House and Democrat California Rep. Nancy Pelosi had a meltdown of the floor of the House of Representatives before her colleague, Rep. Adam Schiff, was officially voted on to be censured.

She was furious with Republicans for voting on the measure and tore into them for being “puppets” of the “puppeteer,” former President Donald Trump.

“Today, we are on the floor of the House where the other side has turned this chamber, where slavery was abolished, where Medicare and Social Security and everything were instituted, they’ve turned it into a puppet show,” she said before calling Trump “the puppeteer.”

“You look miserable,” she continued, adding again: “You look miserable.”

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“You’re wasting your time,” she said.

Wednesday evening, the resolution to censure Schiff passed by a vote of 213-209; only Republicans voted for the censure, with all Democrats voting against it. Six GOP members voted “present.”

Fox News added:

Immediately following the vote, Democrats gathered on the floor and chanted “Shame!” and “Disgrace!” as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tried to gavel the House in order for several minutes. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was heard calling McCarthy a “spiteful coward” and accusing him of “weak leadership.”

McCarthy then asked Schiff to present himself in the well of the House, and Democrats clapped and cheered as he approached. After being interrupted several times by Democrats, McCarthy said, “I have all night.”

Schiff then stood in well of the House as required by the resolution, and was hugged and cheered by dozens of Democrats who surrounded him. The measure also requires the House Committee on Ethics to investigate Schiff’s “falsehoods, misrepresentations, and abuses of sensitive information.”

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