House Reps. Move To Censure Adam Schiff

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87 House Republicans Move to Censure Adam Schiff

SEAN MORAN8 Oct 2019


Eighty-seven House Republicans have moved to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for telling a fictional story relating to President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Eighty-seven House Republicans have joined the movement to rebuke Rep. Schiff by cosponsoring House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs’ (R-AZ) H. Res. 604, according to a list obtained by Breitbart News. H. Res. 604 would condemn Schiff for retelling a fabricated conversation between Zelensky and Trump.

Schiff also allegedly lied about having never spoken to the Ukrainian intelligence officer “whistleblower.”

Rep. Biggs’ legislation has continued to gain strong support from across the House Republican conference, reaching from House Freedom Caucus conservatives, to moderates, as well as House Republican Leadership.

Two weeks ago, the resolution quickly gained 18 cosponsors. Last Thursday, Breitbart News reported 45 House Republicans have cosponsored the resolution. Last Friday, the bill gained 61 cosponsors. On Monday, the resolution had 73 sponsors, and now, as of Tuesday afternoon, the bill has 87 sponsors.

The bill’s growing list of Republican sponsors shows the GOP has moved to defend President Donald Trump against House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

When Biggs sponsored the bill, he said Schiff’s stunt was “inexcusable” to “mislead the American public with such a statement.”

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), and House Republican Conference chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) have sponsored the resolution to condemn Schiff.

The 72 Republicans who have cosponsored Biggs’ resolution to condemn Schiff include:

  1. Kevin McCarthy
  2. Steve Scalise
  3. Liz Cheney
  4. Tom Emmer
  5. Mark Meadows
  6. Jim Jordan
  7. Matt Gaetz
  8. Mark Walker
  9. Elise Stefanik
  10. Doug Collins
  11. Mike Rogers
  12. Steve Womack
  13. Jim Sensenbrenner
  14. Mike Johnson
  15. Gary Palmer
  16. Mark Green
  17. Jeff Duncan
  18. Mo Brooks
  19. Scott Perry
  20. Greg Steube
  21. Guy Reschenthaler
  22. Rick Crawford
  23. Michael Burgess, M.D.
  24. Paul Gosar
  25. Bill Posey
  26. Warren Davidson
  27. Bob Gibbs
  28. Jody Hice
  29. Ralph Norman
  30. Ron Wright
  31. Louie Gohmert
  32. Lance Gooden
  33. Ralph Abraham
  34. Jim Banks
  35. Daniel Meuser
  36. Bill Flores
  37. Randy Weber
  38. Tim Burchett
  39. Dan Bishop
  40. Daniel Webster
  41. Michael Cloud
  42. Doug Lamborn
  43. Fred Keller
  44. Brian Babin
  45. Bradley Byrne
  46. Bill Johnson
  47. Larry Bucshon
  48. Ted Budd
  49. Steve King
  50. Buddy Carter
  51. Debbie Lesko
  52. Scott DesJarlais
  53. Chuck Fleischmann
  54. Roger Marshall, M.D.
  55. Drew Ferguson
  56. Steven Palazzo
  57. Bruce Westerman
  58. Troy Balderson
  59. Steve Watkins
  60. Chris Stewart
  61. Greg Murphy
  62. Greg Gianforte
  63. Ben Cline
  64. Denver Riggleman
  65. Mike Kelly
  66. William Timmons
  67. Don Bacon
  68. Lee Zeldin
  69. James Comer
  70. Rick Allen
  71. Roger Williams
  72. John Joyce
  73. Steve Stivers
  74. Duncan Hunter
  75. Kevin Hern
  76. Jason Smith
  77. Russ Fulcher
  78. Paul Mitchell
  79. John Rose
  80. Ross Spano
  81. John Rutherford
  82. David McKinley
  83. Kelly Armstrong
  84. Brian Mast
  85. Billy Long
  86. David Schweikert
  87. Jodey Arrington

Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), who announced Tuesday he will cosponsor Biggs’ bill, said that Schiff’s “deceptive behavior sets a dangerous precedent.”
Today, I signed on to @RepAndyBiggsAZ resolution to censure Rep. Schiff. Not only did he misconstrue @realdonaldtrump's call with Ukraine's president, but he publicly denied prior knowledge of the whistleblower’s complaint. This deceptive behavior sets a dangerous precedent. https://t.co/TF8RoTRrWb
— U.S. Rep. Billy Long (@USRepLong) October 8, 2019

McCarthy wrote on Twitter last week:
Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American people for years. Now he is so desperate to damage the president that he literally made up a false version of a phone call. Enough is enough. I have signed a resolution to censure Schiff in the House of Representatives:
Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American people for years. Now he is so desperate to damage the president that he literally made up a false version of a phone call.
Enough is enough. I have signed a resolution to censure Schiff in the House of Representatives.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) October 2, 2019



https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/08/87-house-republicans-move-to-censure-adam-schiff/https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/604/cosponsors?r=1&s=2

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jama7(6)

This is getting comical.

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ubro(2a)

Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American people for years. Now he is so desperate to damage the president that he literally made up a false version of a phone call.

Gee, if lying is the benchmark for Censure why is Trump still tweeting?

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Iris GW

Bring it.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Right after Repubs. censure Trump for lying--daily!

Kate

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Izzy Mn(4)

How 'bout after the Trump administration stops obstructing justice and entering us into a Constitutional Crisis. There is now no three and equal branches of the government.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Hoot!

Speaking of lying -- Duncan Hunter's trial is coming up in December.

I love the seriously ethically challenged accusing someone of being ethically challenged.

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jerzeegirl(9b)

haha!

Ukraine dishonesty blitz: Trump made 66 false claims last week

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Izzy Mn(4)

Ok, let me get this straight, Trump asked for favor from Ukraine, but he just did that to rile up Democrats per Rubio. Ha ha just kidding.

Schiff, which I do agree should not have taken lightly and parodied Ukraine call, want to censure him. O

One of these things is not like the other.

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The most severe type of punishment is expulsion from the House, which is followed by censure, and finally reprimand. Expulsion, as mandated in the Constitution, requires a two-thirds majority vote.Jan 19, 2018

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Doubt there will be a 3/4 vote to censure in the House, would most likely be a finger wagging for punishment, which is pointless because he won't get censure.

What a bunch of delicate snowflakes.


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Eat Well

Politicians can get censured for lying? Great news!

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Eat Well

lol, that looks like a senior citizen's facebook post.

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Annie Deighnaugh

This is beyond ridiculous....he didn't lie and he prefaced it that it wasn't word for word what the president said but said it was the "essence" of it and it was. How could it be word for word? We don't have a transcript of what the president said...all we have are notes of a phone call. Though more than likely a transcript exists and what trump said was probably far worse. Now if the president would release the transcript we wouldn't have to paraphrase or surmise...we'd *know*.

Schiff, Sept. 26: It reads like a classic organized crime shakedown. Shorn of its rambling character and in not so many words, this is the essence of what the president communicates.

These guys are looking ever more ridiculous...instead of blaming Schiff, why doesn't the party of personal responsibility hold that person to account: trump for engaging in criminal acts.

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

GOP = never not ironic.

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Annie Deighnaugh

Especially ridiculous when this is the party that is fatter than the michelin man having swallowed thousands and thousands of trump's lies as a regular diet.

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Annie Deighnaugh

I'm cracking up watching the gop squirm when they don't have control of the house...given all they did to squelch the dems when they were running the house and the senate including making bills in closed sessions with no deliberation or discussion, releasing the bills and then insisting that it be voted on right away, refusing to bring bills to the floor, refusing hearings. And here are the gop acting like big babies because they're getting just a small taste of their own medicine.

Grow up already.

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Wants to Grow

The heresay Whistleblower may have committed a felony by not following the legal procedures required to report the complaint. Last week the NY Times reported the political Hack first went to Adam Schiff's committee staff instead of following the procedural first step, as required by law, of submitting the complaint directly to the IGIC. By going directly to congress, the Hack inadvertently released classified info directly to congress and to his attorneys.

This makes Adam Schiff a fact witness, and a colluder. He should not only recuse himself from any investigations, he should also resign his committee chairmanship.

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Annie Deighnaugh

Yeah except that schiff says he never even met the person and didn't know about the contents of the complaint so, no, he doesn't need to recuse. Just another fake news story.

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Carro

Schiff should recuse himself and shame on Pelosi for giving him cover for his putting lies into the official record.

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Iris GW

Congressional officials insisted that Mr. Schiff and his aides followed the rules. Whistle-blowers regularly approach the committee, given its role in conducting oversight of the intelligence agencies, Mr. Boland said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/us/politics/adam-schiff-whistleblower.html

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Carro


Annie Deighnaugh

Yeah except that schiff says he never even met the person and didn't know about the contents of the complaint so, no, he doesn't need to recuse. Just another fake news story.

You think everyone doesn't know by now that Schiff was playing fast and loose with the rules, sending his staff to meet with the leaker and receiving briefings on what was said? Look, Schiffty can carefully craft his words all he wants, but he-through his staff acting as intermediaries-- worked with the leaker, encouraged him to adopt the position of being a WB to give himself protection, helped him find the right people to craft his lawyer-written complaint and couldn't help but leak what he knew a month early.

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foodonastump

Izzy - My understanding is 3/4 is for removal. Censure is simple majority.

Vote on it Pubs if you think you got it, ROGL (I’m outdoors)

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Annie Deighnaugh

Yeah Carro...schiff's staff told the person how to go about making a *legal* complaint through legal channels that were available to that would protect him from retribution from the very vindictive trump, who has since threatened him by wanting to *meet* him to intimidate him into changing his story...y'know, make him an offer he can't refuse.

So yeah, we ought to go after schiff for telling someone to do something legally. The horrors!!!

Let alone the hypocrisy of pointing to schiff and saying he was being shifty while supporting that inveterate liar trump who obstructs and obfuscates at every turn.

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Ziemia(6a)

Sure seems like TrumpFans and TrumpMedia think they're smarter than the ICIG.

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Izzy Mn(4)

FOAS, appreciate the ROGL!!!

You get a star today.

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Delilah66

“he-through his staff acting as intermediaries-- worked with the leaker, encouraged him to adopt the position of being a WB to give himself protection, helped him find the right people to craft his lawyer-written complaint and couldn't help but leak what he knew a month early.”

Pubs’ knickers get twisted whenever they don’t benefit from someone following a sensible and legal protocol. Their protocol? When all else fails, lie, deflect, and collude.

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petalique

The Retrumplican Party should get some new ears and reading glasses. Clean up your own “house” (litter box?). There’s trump’s dumpster loads of lies and corruption and obstruction, plus just look around at his “excellent” cabinet, Ex-cabinet, jailed campaign workers and pal “lawyers.”

There is an interactive gallery at Bloomberg. And that’s just partial (tip of iceberg).


And of course the Retrumplicans have no problem with trump extorting a beleaguered ally, or Judy Fooliani operating a shadow $tate Department, and visiting a felonious trump campaign manager (Paul Manafort) at Rikers to continue the Retrumplican mobster activity to better extort President Zelenskiy and attempt to switch the RUSSIAN election tampering to the Ukraine.


And no problems with AG William ’Roy Cohn’ Barr jetting the globe to “ investigate” 4chan conspiracy theories (or maybe suggest some help for Dangerous Donald in the 2020 election? Just a “suggestion”? A hint)?

Try to keep up ReTrumplicans. And that rogues gallery of synapse-jarred senators is shameful.


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Wants to Grow

Hi Delilah66, But "someone" didn't follow legal protocol. Here are the required steps for a submission, in order to keep classified information secure.

The law lays out a procedure that lets officials blow the whistle internally without compromising classified information. As long as intelligence whistleblowers go through legal channels when filing a complaint, they are protected from being fired or facing criminal prosecution.

Specifically, the law says intelligence whistleblowers should submit their complaints to the inspector general of the intelligence community, who is supposed to act independently.

The inspector general is required to review complaints within 14 days and determine whether they are of "urgent concern," meaning they report a serious problem, abuse, or violation of the law "relating to the funding, administration, or operation of an intelligence activity within the responsibility and authority of the director of national intelligence involving classified information."

Any credible complaints must then go to the director of national intelligence, or DNI, who has seven days to forward them to the intelligence committees in Congress along with any relevant documents.

In the event that the inspector general ignores a complaint or determines that it is not credible, a whistleblower can reach out to Congress directly, but only after he or she alerts the inspector general and receives guidance from the DNI on how to keep those communications secure.

Bypassing the first three steps wasn't a smart move for a member of the intelligence community.

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cattyles

It doesn’t change anything about what trump did. Throw the WB complaint away and nothing changes. The cat is out of the bag. It’s not going back in.

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Delilah66

There is no requirement for the submission not to have been completed without assistance. The ICIG received the complaint on August 12. And I doubt the ICIG acted independently.

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catkinZ8a

No vote no formal impeachment inquiry.

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Ziemia(6a)

Gee. Seems TrumpFans think the ICIG needs help figuring out how to investigate a WB complaint.

Well, he has been in that position only since May 2018.

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Carro

Schiff has been lying for 2 years. He lied about having direct evidence of Trump colluding with Russia and swore up and down that he'd seen it with his own eyes!

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Carro

Impeachment by Intelligence Committee.

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Iris GW

Is it done yet? Have they censured him?

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Ziemia(6a)

"Bypassing the first three steps wasn't a smart move for a member of the intelligence community."

Wondering how many times the subject of a WB complaint was a US president? Maybe 1st time. So, that would give one pause, maybe.

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Joaniepoanie

Trumpers had no problem with Barr putting out a false summary of the Mueller report a month before it came out. And it was a lie, unlike what Schiff said. They should censure Barr if they’re going to censure Schiff.

And It doesn’t really matter what Schiff said....we have Trump admitting to his Ukraine shakedown.

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Annie Deighnaugh

He lied about having direct evidence of Trump colluding with Russia and swore up and down that he'd seen it with his own eyes!

He didn't lie. He saw it as have we all (I've posted this before):

  • Offer: The Russians offered dirt on Hillary Clinton in writing and sent it to [Donald Trump] Jr.
  • Acceptance: Don Jr.’s response was in writing and said, ‘As for your offer of foreign illegal help, I would love it.’ He accepted the offer."
  • Actually met in trump tower: act in furtherance of the conspiracy
  • All of them lied about all of their meetings with the russians: demonstrating a consciousness of guilt

The evidence is there plain as day and more evidence of trump's wrongdoing is coming out daily now. But no one can make anyone see things they don't want to see, even if it is the truth.

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Kathy



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Ziemia(6a)

Other news this week:

The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee just released a report that states the obvious, but in these times is quite damning for President Donald Trump: Russia directed a disinformation campaign during the 2016 election to hurt Hillary Clinton and favor Trump.

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cattyles

Ziemia, that should have its own thread and include ‘Attention Houzz’ in the title.

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Ziemia(6a)

The Senate report noted that agents of the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) "sought to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election by harming Hillary Clinton's chances of success and supporting Donald Trump at the direction of the Kremlin."

The panel cited the "close-ties" of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the director of the IRA, to Russian President Vladimir Putin as evidence of "significant Kremlin support, authorization, and direction of the IRA's operations and goals."

The committee wrote that IRA social media disinformation efforts were part of a "broader, sophisticated, and ongoing information warfare campaign designed to sow discord in American politics and society," and noted that IRA activity involved in spreading malicious content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube increased after Election Day 2016.

The Hill

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cattyles

Have they censured Schiff yet? What are they waiting for?

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I would say that the only thing this proves is how many Republican yes-men (and women) there are in the House.

Everybody up on the band-wagon!

Kate

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Better hurry up with the censure vote because Duncan Hunter will be a convicted felon fairly soon.

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catkinZ8a

Anti-Trump Whistleblower Attorney Worked Directly For James Clapper

OCTOBER 9, 2019 By Tristan Justice

One of the attorneys that assisted the anonymous “whistleblowers” accusing President Donald Trump of conspiring with foreign leaders to interfere in the next U.S. presidential election used to report directly to former director of national intelligence James Clapper.

Charles McCullough, an attorney who assisted Andrew Bakaj, a former staffer for Sens. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, at the beginning of the process was previously the inspector general of the intelligence community (ICIG) at the height of the Clinton email scandal.

McCullough told The Federalist however, that he is no longer involved in the whistleblower’s representation.

“I am not part of the whistleblower legal team,” McCullough wrote to The Federalist in an email. “I assisted with process issues Andrew at the very beginning, and then withdrew.”

Now a partner at the Compass Rose Legal Group with Bakaj, McCullough’s professional biography on the law firm’s website notes that he reported directly to Clapper as ICIG and “oversaw intelligence officers responsible for audits, inspections, investigations.”

Clapper, who joined CNN as a national security analyst after leaving government in 2017, was a central figure in perpetuating the Russia hoax against Trump and lied to Congress about mass surveillance on Americans. When asked under oath in March 2013 by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., whether the federal government was collecting “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans,” Clapper responded “no sir… not wittingly.”

While director of the Department of National Intelligence, Clapper was instrumental in crafting whistleblower protections mandating that no employee of the intelligence committee be made subject to reprisals for reports made in compliance with department guidelines.

Last December, McCullough praised Clapper in an interview with Fox 5. “I enjoyed a very good relationship with Jim Clapper, we got along fabulously.”


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Ziemia(6a)

The Federalist has been working to spread disinformation about this matter.

So their info is tainted

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Kathy

Russian oligarchs and spies are under constant surveillance in US. Trump and his campaign were warned about them. They refused to report Russian contacts so as a result they were swept up into the surveillance.

No one can blame Clapper. Blame Trump and his campaign for ignoring advice.

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cattyles

The WB is irrelevant. The evidence is in the transcript memo. You don’t need to smear any more career people in the intelligence community. It doesn’t matter and it’s not distracting anyone.

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