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Trump urges Democrats to vote to censure Schiff

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds 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 SchiffBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn 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 PelosiOn The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K Battle heats up for House Foreign Affairs gavel Nearly one-third of US adults expect to lose employment income: Census Bureau 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 CummingsWe must act on lowering cost of prescription drugs Voters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? 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.