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house Bill H. Res. 630

Should Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Be Condemned & Censured by the House for Misleading the American Public?

Argument in favor

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has repeatedly misled the American public, from his blatantly fabricated “parody” of President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president while chairing an Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing, to his claims of “more than circumstantial evidence” of Trump-Russia collusion that weren’t borne out by the Mueller report. The House should condemn and censure Schiff for his actions, and he should resign as chair of the Intelligence Committee.

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10/20/2019
Adam Schiff does not care about the truth, justice, and the legitimacy of our president
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10/21/2019
Anytime a public official intentionally misleads the general public there should be repercussions we need to remind these people that they work for the citizens of this country!
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10/21/2019
YES! He should have to pay for his lying and misleading the American people! Who is he being paid by to help destroy America?
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Argument opposed

This resolution is an attempt to impugn the character of Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) that will ultimately do nothing more than waste the House’s time. It’s also an attempt to distract from Schiff’s leadership in an impeachment inquiry targeting President Donald Trump’s abuse of power and corruption of the public trust. Those issues are far more consequential than delivering an ill-timed parody or getting duped by a prank call, which don’t merit censure by the House.

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10/20/2019
Give me a break! Censure him for doing his job is ridiculous and a ploy to make people think the Ukraine situation is made up. These rubes are so transparent in their attempts to character assonate anyone who crosses the current occupant of the White House.
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10/21/2019
COUNTABLE ASKS: "Should Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Be Condemned & Censured by the House for Misleading the American Public?" ME: YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! With the nearly 11,000 lies Donald Trump has spouted since elected, that's 10 or more a DAY, to take aim at Adam Schiff is just plain ludicrous. If the Repubs want to condemn someone, they should start with the Liar in Chief.
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10/21/2019
Ridiculous and absurd much like the Republicans in the Senate and the house who continue to support the most corrupt, lying, lawless, criminal in the White House!
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    IntroducedOctober 15th, 2019

What is House Bill H. Res. 630?

This resolution would condemn and censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for misleading the American public in his role as Intelligence Committee chairman. Specifically, the resolution would condemn Schiff for purporting to relay a transcribed conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an open impeachment hearing, but instead delivering an “egregiously false and fabricated retelling [which] had no relationship to the call itself.” The resolution would also fault Schiff for concealing his contact with the Ukraine call whistleblower and lying to the American public by saying “we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.” Additionally, it would condemn Schiff for claiming to have “more than circumstantial evidence” of collusion between President Trump and Russia that wasn’t borne out by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, and for negotiating with Russian comedians claiming to have damaging materials on Trump during a prank call. 

To carry out the punishment for censure, Schiff would present himself in the well of the House and this censure resolution would be read publicly by the Speaker of the House. This resolution would also call for Schiff to resign as chairman of the Intelligence Committee because every Republican member of the committee has lost face in his objectivity and capabilities as chairman.

As a simple resolution that deals with the censure of a member of the House, this legislation wouldn’t be considered by the Senate if it’s adopted.

Impact

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); the Intelligence Committee; and the House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 630

This legislation would have no cost.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, introduced this resolution to condemn and censure Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for “his false retelling” of the Trump-Zelensky call during a congressional hearing, spreading false accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, and concealing his dealings with the Ukraine whistleblower and lying about it to the American public:

“This week, all members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be put on record on Chairman Adam Schiff’s shameful conduct as a member of this distinguished body. Chairman Schiff deliberately misled the American people during a high-profile hearing last month, and he has persistently used his perch on a vital committee to spread falsehoods about President Trump. Chairman Schiff’s calculated words and actions over the past two years have brought this body into disrepute, and he must be held accountable. I urge all of my colleagues to condemn and censure Chairman Schiff to send a message that his reckless disregard for the truth will no longer be tolerated.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) spoke on the House floor in favor of censuring Schiff:

“We have the solemn duty to find the facts. To be stewards of the truth. It is the truth that must guide our work. When the truth is contorted, twisted, and disregarded, the American people lose. The fabric of our institution starts to erode.  Sadly, that is exactly what is happening with the House Intelligence Committee under the Democrat leadership. It should not have come to this. On numerous occasions—as outlined in this resolution—the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has used his position to mislead the American people. But this resolution is about more than the actions of any one individual. When false evidence is entered into the official record or communicated directly to the American people, the People’s House loses the credibility it needs to function properly. If that credibility is not restored—if the American people cannot trust that the process will be fair and that information will be honestly shared—they will lose trust in the soundness of our system of government.”

After GOP members of the committee called out Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for his misrepresentation of the Trump-Zelensky conversation, Schiff responded that his comments were intended “at least part in parody”:

“My summary of the president’s call was meant to be at least part in parody. The fact that’s not clear is a separate problem in and of itself. Of course, the president never said if you don’t understand me, I’m going to say it seven more times. My point is that’s the message that the Ukraine president was receiving in not so many words.”

This resolution has the support of 165 cosponsors, all of whom are Republicans.. An earlier version of the resolution, which was written before it became clear Schiff’s office had contact with the Ukraine whistleblower earlier than he’d acknowledged (language that was added to the latest version), has 135 cosponsors, all of whom are Republicans.


Of Note: Both chambers of Congress can use censure resolutions to formally disapprove of conduct by lawmakers or executive branch officials, such as the president. While it’s a more formal condemnation than a reprimand, censure is a less severe punishment than expulsion (which removes a member of Congress) and the impeachment process which can be used to remove federal officials.

Censure doesn’t carry any additional punishments for a censured lawmaker aside from the public humiliation of being formally and publicly admonished for their misconduct by colleagues. In the House, the offending representative is required to stand in the well of the chamber as the Speaker of the House reads the censure resolution aloud.

Censure resolutions (and other disciplinary motions) are privileged under the House rules, so the majority and minority leaders have the ability to call them up for a vote when the House isn’t attending to other business.

A total of 23 representatives and nine senators have been censured in U.S. history to date. The most recent censure in Congress occurred in 2010, when then-Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) was censured for a variety of misconduct, including misuse of congressional letterhead for fundraising; impermissible use of a rent-controlled facility for campaign headquarters; and filing inaccurate financial reports & federal tax returns.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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Condemning and censuring Adam Schiff, Representative of California's 28th Congressional District.

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Condemning and censuring Adam Schiff, Representative of California's 28th Congressional District.

    Adam Schiff does not care about the truth, justice, and the legitimacy of our president
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    Give me a break! Censure him for doing his job is ridiculous and a ploy to make people think the Ukraine situation is made up. These rubes are so transparent in their attempts to character assonate anyone who crosses the current occupant of the White House.
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    COUNTABLE ASKS: "Should Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Be Condemned & Censured by the House for Misleading the American Public?" ME: YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! With the nearly 11,000 lies Donald Trump has spouted since elected, that's 10 or more a DAY, to take aim at Adam Schiff is just plain ludicrous. If the Repubs want to condemn someone, they should start with the Liar in Chief.
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    Ridiculous and absurd much like the Republicans in the Senate and the house who continue to support the most corrupt, lying, lawless, criminal in the White House!
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    Adam Schiff is A high integrity legislator and this proposal is ridiculous.
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    He is doing his job and using INTELLIGENCE to handle our Corruptor-in-chief🙃
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    He should be held up as one in Congress who understands his constitutional duty. Shame on those who do not
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    Adam Schiff was/is protecting the identity of whistleblower. Knowing full well if the whistleblowers name gets out before the evidence can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, he or she may fall out of a window. The trump administration can’t be trusted with all the lies they have told. I see so many political headstones in 2020 coming after all the outright violation of the law it’s pitiful. The Congress and the Senate need to work for our Country and stop the stonewalling and partisan crap! Until you condemn the presidents lies or censure him, this is nothing but a peeing contest.
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    Such brazen, blatant despicable hypocrisy and double standards! I want to see a published role call on anyone voting to censure Schiff. There is a patch of gooey slime mold in the yuckiest corner of our pond with more honesty, integrity, ethics, guts and moral fiber than anyone who would vote for or even endorse this action. ... ... Stop demonizing Schiff for doing the people’s work. Bless you Adam for taking on this difficult role of finally holding trump accountable to someone, anyone but Putin. Republican lemmings following their leader off the pending cliff should simply be ignored; they are irrelevant to the task at hand. I could only support a censure if trump were issued tens of thousand censures for each time he has misled the public with outright lies; his disrespect of congress people by using demeaning nicknames, his blatantly false made-up allegations and much, much more. I cannot abide by such a hypocritical double standard. Press forward! Start fining and locking up those who block your inquiries. Go, we are counting on you!!
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    I feel that Adam Schiff has been doing an outstanding job and is a very fair person and is only trying to do his job! There will always be people to criticize others in this government and when information begins to worry the other side there will always be discontentment! We can only hope that one side and the other will wake up and get together and talk to each other and come together in harmony and settle what has to be done! Congress is not running itself the way it should and they must realize that they were voted in office for the people and not their POCKETS!! Wake up congress and do your job instead of worrying about being re-elected and worrying about minuscule things, there are more important things to think about!!!! We have a country to think about and getting back to civility!
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    He’s doing a great job running the Committee while doing a thorough investigation into the grave misconduct of Trump and his gang of thugs he calls a Cabinet.Trump needs to be impeached and removed ASAP along with Pompeo and Barr.
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    Trying to distract from the president's blackmailing if another country to get them to interfere in our elections should not be allowed to proceed... We need to strengthen our democracy so president's can not abuse their power to benefit themselves with tax payer dollars.
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    Attacking the investigator is not a good way to proclaim innocence.
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    The whole thing is silly. The Republicans are taking so much heat that they are desperate. If they would get their heads out of the sand and just do their jobs that would be productive
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    It’s absurd to force a member of congress to resign their chairmanship, which this resolution would do, over something as trivial as this. He may have stretched the truth, but he didn’t lie, and he should not be forced to resign because of something members on both sides of the aisle so frequently without consequence.
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    Adam Schiff got the information from “the horses mouth (aka The Whistle Blower) Not the Other end of the Steed.
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    Anytime a public official intentionally misleads the general public there should be repercussions we need to remind these people that they work for the citizens of this country!
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    No. Do not approve this censure. This is nothing more than a feeble attempt at distraction by a party that has put loyalty to itself over country to protect a president who has told thousands of documented lies since taking the oath of office. Schiff is a good man of good character who won’t be distracted from upholding his constitutional duties while these children shirk theirs. Get a grip on what the real problems are in this country and what really concerns the “American public.” Hint: It’s not a prank call.
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    Enough nonsense....GOP fail to blame a lying, insulting, president for a total disregard of constitutional ruling and the law, but have the audacity of comment on Schiff's adaptive commentary summarizing trump's incriminating words. GOP get a spine, honor your oath and the constitution. It's time you were American and not pandering party member. HONOR, INTEGRITY AND SOME SPINE IS WHAT IS REQUIRED TO ADMONISH TRUMP.....
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