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House Blocks GOP Attempt to Censure Adam Schiff

Vote to shelve resolution was along party lines
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2019 2:42 AM CDT
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – A House GOP bid to censure one of President Trump's least favorite lawmakers was blocked Monday night, as widely expected. The measure to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, was shelved after lawmakers voted 218-185 along party lines to block it, reports Reuters. In their resolution, Republicans accused Schiff, who is leading the impeachment probe, of delivering an "egregiously false and fabricated retelling" of Trump's July phone call with Ukraine's president, and of having lied when he said he hadn't spoken directly to the whistleblower who reported the call.

Trump—who tweeted or retweeted about Schiff around 20 times Monday—slammed the Democrat in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox on Monday night, the Washington Post reports. He called Schiff a "corrupt politician" and predicted that impeachment could actually help Republicans. "They should not allow this, with that it's possibly going to help, you know, from the standpoint of winning the election. I don't know," Trump said. "They say it’s going to help a lot with respect to winning the House back, but it’s not the right thing." After the House vote, Schiff tweeted that when House Republicans "found they lacked the courage to confront the most dangerous and unethical president in American history, they consoled themselves by attacking those who did." (Read more Adam Schiff stories.)

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