The motion to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff thanks to his “parody” of President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukraine leaders performed on the House floor has garnered 125 Republican signatures, 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.”
Trump himself unloaded on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff once again during an event for the signing of the trade deal with Japan, according to The DailyMail.
Trump said that Schiff should be “investigated” for putting words in Trump’s mouth that he didn’t say and while he was on the subject, took a swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that she was as “guilty as he is,” referring to Pelosi and Schiff.
“He went out as though I wrote it. He defrauded the American people. He defrauded congress. He defrauded himself and his family,” Trump said according to the DailyMail.
“I think Adam Schiff should be investigated for what he did. He took to the great chamber, Congress, and he made a speech. And his speech was a fraud. Everything he said was a fraud,” said the president.
The speech that the president was referencing saw Schiff at a hearing where he read a parody of the president’s controversial conversation with officials from Ukraine.
“He met with the whistleblower. They never said that. They never talked about it,” Trump said, referencing newer reports that an aide to Schiff met with the whistle-blower who made allegations against the president about abuse of office.
The Washington Post also took on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff calling his claim that he had not been in contact with the whistleblower accusing President Donald Trump of misconduct a blatant lie.
The Post’s Glenn Kessler wrote early on Friday that Schiff’s claim was a “flat-out false,” and cited several of his interviews in which he made similar statements.
Written by Savannah Pointer.