GOP Ready to Make Its Move Against Schiff

But push to censure expected to fail in the House Monday evening
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2019 2:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – Republicans want the House to censure Democrat Adam Schiff over his handling of the Trump impeachment hearings, and NBC News reports that they'll push for a vote Monday evening. The move is widely expected to become a symbolic one, however, because Democrats will be able to easily block the measure. Specifically, Republicans say in a resolution that Schiff gave the public a "false retelling" of President Trump's phone call with Ukraine's leader during a public hearing. Details and related coverage:

  • What Schiff said: In a Sept. 26 hearing on a whistleblower complaint over the phone call, Schiff said a transcript of the call "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." He then paraphrases the president: "We’ve been very good to your country, very good. No other country has done as much as we have, but you know what? I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want, I have a favor I want from you, though, and I’m gonna say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand, lots of it."
  • His qualifier: "This is in some character what the president was trying to communicate with the president of Ukraine," added Schiff. "It would be funny if it wasn't such a graphic betrayal of the president's oath of office."
  • Video: Watch video of the Schiff's opening statement here. The controversial part begins about the 3:55 mark.

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