Exactly one week after a previous effort failed, House Republicans pulled together to censure Democrat Representative Adam Schiff.
The measure was introduced by freshman Representative Anna Paulina Luna of Florida.
“The perpetrator of this web of deceit became mainstays on cable news, waking up every morning with one goal: to lie, lie, lie to the American people that there was direct evidence of Russia collusion,” Luna said in a speech before the vote.
The measure requires the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into Schiff’s actions during the investigation into former President Donald Trump, including his “lies, misrepresentations, and abuses of sensitive information” about collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Luna met with the 20 Republican dissenters from the first round and secured their support after removing language about fining Schiff $16 million, or half the cost of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump.
Chaos in Chamber After Vote
After the vote, Schiff was ordered to stand on the House floor and receive a verbal rebuke from Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Chaos ensued as Democrat erupted and Republicans answered back.
As Schiff headed the the floor, his party members applauded and sympathetically patted him on the back.
Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seemed to conduct a “Shame! Shame! Shame” chant by the crowd of Democrats as McCarthy prepared to read.
Eric Swalwell (D-CA) turned his ire directly on McCarthy, calling him “pathetic” and “weak”.
Republicans seemed amused at the antics for the most part, though some jeered back.
Some followed the Democrats’ chants of “Shame” with “on Schiff”.
Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) at one point yelled, “$32 million dollars on your charade” in a reference to the total cost of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election.
When Schiff was called to the floor for his formal admonishment, Matt Gaetz (R-FL) shouted “woo!” and clapped.
Luna relished in the congratulatory remarks from her fellow party members after the process was complete.
As she exited the chamber, she turned back toward Democrats and issued a warning: “I’m here for two years, guys.”