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02:50  22 october  2019
02:50  22 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Wednesday became the highest profile Republican to sign a resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for reading a "parody" of President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a

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Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: House rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff © Greg Nash House rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff Democrats in the House turned aside a GOP-led privileged resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Monday in a 218-185 vote.

Republicans and President Trump have increasingly targeted Schiff, a public face of the impeachment effort.

They have taken issue with Schiff's exaggerated account of the details of President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a hearing in September. Schiff has defended his remarks as being an intentional parody of Trump's comments.

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The measure , H.Res. 630, authored by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs, would censure Schiff for his handling of the impeachment inquiry Schiff said a rough transcript of the call “reads like a classic organized crime shakedown,” and he characterized Trump’s words as asking Zelenskiy “to

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Republicans also said Schiff should be rebuked for saying his committee did not have any contact with a whistleblower making allegations against Trump prior to the whistleblower's submission of a complaint. It later emerged that the whistleblower had contacted the Intelligence panel and spoke to a staffer for Schiff.

The California Democrat hit back against the effort on Twitter, saying GOP lawmakers are failing "to confront the most dangerous and unethical president in American history."

The censure resolution, introduced by Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), called for Schiff's resignation and states that his comments were an "egregiously false and fabricated retelling" and "had no relationship to the call itself."

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As the House moved to vote on the resolution, 184 House Republicans, or 93 percent of the House GOP caucus, cosponsored House Freedom Caucus Chairman Biggs’ H Jody Hice (R-GA), a sponsor of the bill, said Monday that the vote tonight will censure the “shifty and dishonest” Rep. Schiff .

It said Schiff had "misled the American people," brought disrepute on the House and made "a mockery of the impeachment process, one of this chamber's most solemn constitutional duties."

The measure was co-sponsored by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney.

"On numerous occasions, as outlined in this resolution, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has used his position to mislead the American people," McCarthy said. "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."

The measure also includes language alleging that members of the House Intelligence Committee "have lost faith" in Schiff's ability to be objective as chairman and that his remarks hindered the committee's ability to carry out its oversight responsibilities.

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House Freedom Caucus conservatives, moderates, and House GOP leadership have all backed the legislation. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Minority Whip As the House moves towards voting on Biggs’ bill to condemn Schiff , not every Republican has cosponsored the bill.

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Top Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have strongly defended Schiff's leadership in the probe, arguing Republicans aren't doing enough to stand up to the president.

"Chairman Schiff is a great American patriot. Our country is extremely well-served by his serious, smart and strategic leadership to protect our elections, national security and democracy - which sadly stands in stark contrast to Republicans in the Congress who cover up the truth, look the other way when the President invites foreign governments to interfere in our elections and vote against legislation to secure the ballot from foreign attacks," Pelosi said in a statement.

The vote was initially expected to come to the floor on Thursday but was delayed at the request of Biggs following the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the former chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

A censure vote is designed to allow Congress to publicly rebuke and disapprove of a member's behaviour or alleged misconduct.

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