Should US Representative Schiff have been censured?

June 15 – California Representative Adam Schiff has been working for years to investigate former president Donald Trump with his finances and Russia. 

Republicans have stepped up to censure Schiff, but the vote that came down yesterday didn’t make it – mostly because 20 House Republicans voted in favor to stop the censure. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll explained, “This was based on the Russia investigation – I put that in air quotes – that Schiff chaired in the Senate, which of course turned up nothing. Thirty-two million dollars was spent of your tax money, our tax money, on that investigation. Part of this censure would have also sought to make Adam Schiff repay $16 million – half of the money for that investigation. Even had this passed, it’s unlikely if not impossible, they never would have been able to enforce this again Schiff, but nonetheless interesting he had 20 Republicans saying no. I was really struck, too, by Representative Tom Massie from Kentucky, very conservative Congressman. He was one of the no votes. He said he feels that this measure was unconstitutional. As much as he dislikes Schiff, he feels to take this measure and try to fine him violated various sections of the Constitution.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “Massie’s a little bit annoying that way. I mean, I get it. He’s sticking very, very ardently to that and he says that’s his principles and he’s going to do it, but didn’t the American people deserve to have this man at least slapped down even symbolically? I think it would have been important. It’s unbelievable. Of course not getting the censure gives him just more credibility because he’s running for Senate now. It’s like this doesn’t matter. They can do anything they want. They can lie and put our country through anxiety and stress and division and expensive and it doesn’t matter.” 

Brian Fitzpatrick, PA Representative for the 1st Congressional District, was one of the Republicans that voted with the Democrats. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “Well done, Brian. Good boy. I don’t know what deal you made, but here it is.”

Barkdoll pointed out, “Schiff is running for Senate in California. That’s for that Dianne Feinstein seat next year. Here’s the other thing that I thought was interesting yesterday, right before this vote Schiff sends out a mass fundraising solicitation. Send me money for my Senate race. I’m fighting the House Republicans that are about to try to fine me and censure me. So not only was this vote about to happen, but Schiff was trying to use it as a way to raise money for his own Senate campaign.”

Ryan said, “Well, he can rip you off and he can lie to you and you’re going to send him back and maybe even give him a pay upgrade and a new job. That’s how it works in America.”