In a surprising turn of events, a group of twenty Republican House Representatives joined forces with their Democratic counterparts to defeat a resolution aimed at censuring Representative Adam Schiff.
The resolution, introduced by Representative Anna Paulina Luna, sought to hold Schiff accountable for his persistent claims of collusion between former President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 election.
The resounding 225-196 vote effectively silenced the resolution, with five Democrats and two additional Republican lawmakers voting “present.” This outcome dealt a blow to those seeking to reprimand Schiff for his controversial statements and actions.
Let’s take a closer look at the Republican representatives who stood firm against moving forward with this measure:
Representative Thomas Massie from Kentucky
Representative Kelly Armstrong from North Dakota
Representative Lori Chavez-DeRemer from Oregon
Representative Juan Ciscomani from Arizona
Representative Tom Cole from Oklahoma
Representative Warren Davidson from Ohio
Representative Brian Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania
Representative Kay Granger from Texas
Representative Garret Graves from Louisiana
Representative Thomas Kean from New Jersey
Representative Kevin Kiley from California
Representative Young Kim from California
Representative Michael Lawler from New York
Representative Tom McClintock from California
Representative Marcus Molinaro from New York
Representative Jay Obernolte from California
Representative Michael Simpson from Idaho
Representative Michael Turner from Ohio
Representative David Valadao from California
Representative Steve Womack from Arkansas
These courageous Republicans, while recognizing Schiff’s unethical conduct, chose to oppose the resolution. Representative Massie, for instance, voiced his concerns over the proposed $16 million fine, which the resolution recommended but did not require. In a tweet, Massie stated, “Adam Schiff acted unethically, but if a resolution to fine him $16 million comes to the floor, I will vote to table it.”
Massie’s stance brings attention to an important constitutional argument. He emphasized that while the House has the authority to establish its own rules, it must not violate other provisions of the Constitution. According to Massie, a $16 million fine would infringe upon both the 27th and 8th amendments.
As the dust settles, the question arises: Will House Republicans make another attempt to hold Schiff accountable, this time without the mention of potential fines? Only time will tell.
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