Trump urges Democrats to vote to censure Schiff

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE on Monday urged House Democrats to join Republicans in voting for a long-shot resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGraham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial Democrats seize on new evidence in first public impeachment hearing MORE (D-Calif.).

“Censure (at least) Corrupt Adam Schiff! After what he got caught doing, any pol who does not so vote cannot be honest....are you listening Dems?” Trump tweeted ahead of the planned Monday vote.

 

The censure resolution concerns Schiff’s misattribution of quotes to Trump in remarks about the president’s July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which Schiff has said were intended as “parody,” and for claiming the committee had no prior contact with a whistleblower who filed a complaint concerning the call.

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The call with the Ukranian president is at the center of the House impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Trump’s tweet appeared to be prompted by a reference to the resolution on “Fox & Friends,” one of the president’s favorite shows; he often tweets about the topics being discussed on the program.

Trump has frequently blasted Schiff and called for him to be punished for the misquotes, which he has falsely claimed were illegal and “treason.”

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, wrote to House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Speaker Pelosi, it's time to throw American innovators a lifeline Why Americans must tune in to the Trump impeachment hearings MORE (D-Calif.) last Thursday asking her to delay the resolution until Monday following the death of House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBrindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Elijah Cummings's widow, will run for his House seat Former NAACP president to run for Cummings's House seat MORE (D-Md.).

“Out of respect to him and his family, I instructed my staff to work with your staff, and the staff of the Minority Leader. I do not wish to intrude on the grief felt by his colleagues today by proceeding with a floor vote of my motion to censure Adam Schiff,” Biggs wrote Thursday following the announcement of Cummings’s death at 68.