Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Yovanovitch impeachment testimony gives burst of momentum to Democrats Five takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony 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 John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes 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 BidenBloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes Obama cautions 2020 hopefuls against going too far left MORE, prompted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' On The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell Overnight Defense: Ex-Ukraine ambassador offers dramatic day of testimony | Talks of 'crisis' at State Department | Trump tweets criticism of envoy during hearing | Dems warn against 'witness intimidation' | Trump defends his 'freedom of speech' MORE (D-Calif.) to announce an impeachment inquiry last month.