The US House of Representatives voted to censure California Representative Adam Schiff on Wednesday for comments he made several years ago about investigations into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. The censure was along party lines, with Republicans rebuking the Democrats and frequent critics of the former president.
The censure resolution accused Schiff of making “false and misleading statements” about the Trump-Russia investigation. Specifically, the resolution cited a February 2017 interview in which Schiff said that he had seen “confidential intelligence” that showed Trump and his associates had colluded with Russia to interfere in the election. However, no such evidence was ever found.
Schiff has denied making any false statements and has said that he was simply summarizing the findings of the intelligence community. He has also said that the censure resolution is a partisan attack on him and his role in the Trump-Russia investigation.
The vote to censure Schiff was 228-206, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats voting against. Six Republicans voted present.
The censure is the latest escalation in the political battle between Schiff and Trump. Schiff was one of the leading figures in the first impeachment inquiry of Trump, and he has been a frequent critic of the former president. Trump has repeatedly attacked Schiff, calling him a “liar” and a “corrupt politician.”
The censure resolution is unlikely to have any legal consequences for Schiff. However, it is a symbolic rebuke that could damage his reputation and make it more difficult for him to advance his political career.
The censure of Adam Schiff is a significant development in the ongoing political battle between the former president and his critics. The vote is a clear sign that the Republican Party is still loyal to Trump, even after he has left office. It is also a warning to other Democrats who have been critical of Trump.
The censure is unlikely to have any legal consequences for Schiff. However, it is a symbolic rebuke that could damage his reputation and make it more difficult for him to advance his political career.
The vote to censure Schiff is a reminder that the political divisions in the United States are still deep and that there is no easy path to healing.