Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Officers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) hit back at Republican lawmakers on Monday evening after a GOP resolution attempting to censure him failed on the House floor.

Schiff, a prominent figure in the impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE as the head of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a tweet that House Republicans "lacked the courage to confront" the president and confronted him instead. 

The House rejected the resolution intended to censure Schiff in a 218-185 vote after the president and other Republicans encouraged the California representative's censure over his "parody" of a partial White House transcript of a phone call between Trump and the leader of Ukraine.

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The resolution said Schiff "misled the American people" and made "a mockery of the impeachment process, one of this chamber’s most solemn constitutional duties."

The July 25 phone call, in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “look into” his political opponent Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE, prompted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries On The Money: Biden issues targeted eviction moratorium | GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal 'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium MORE (D-Calif.) to announce an impeachment inquiry last month.