Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs took the House floor on Wednesday to convince his colleagues that they should vote to condemn and censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for his “egregiously false and fabricated” parody of President Donald Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky during a hearing last month.
Biggs, who has been avidly anti-impeachment inquiry and has called the proceedings against the president “Soviet-style proceedings,” brought his resolution on his fellow representative to the floor after garnering the support of 135 Republican lawmakers in the House.
“The rules…are designed to protect the rights and voice of the minority … We follow rules so that all Americans can be represented, even if they’re represented by the minority party,” Biggs said.
“That’s not happening today. That’s why we have to introduce this motion to censure. No more secret proceedings. No more Soviet-style proceedings.”
.@RepAndyBiggsAZ: "Today I will make…a motion to condemn and censure Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff."
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 16, 2019
The motion to censure Schiff thanks to his “parody” of President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukraine leaders performed on the House floor garnered more than 100 Republican signatures quickly according to Fox News.
“The resolution to censure Schiff — who has become a favorite target of Republicans for his role in the Trump impeachment inquiry — was first introduced late last month by Rep. Andy Biggs, the Arizona Republican who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and has the support of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., among other ranking Republicans in the lower chamber of Congress,” Fox News reported.
Democratic House members seem unconcerned with Schiff’s performance, and while Democrats do hold the majority in the House, Republicans could still attempt to force a general vote on the issue.
“Schiff simply does not have the gravitas that a weighty procedure such as impeachment requires,” Biggs said according to Fox News. “He has repeatedly shown incredibly poor judgment. He has persistently and consistently demonstrated that he has such a tremendous bias and animus against Trump that he will say anything and accept any proffer of even bogus evidence to try to remove the president from office.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.