GOP House Leader on Schiff: ‘The Very Least We Can Do Is Censure Him’

October 20, 2019 Updated: October 20, 2019

House Republicans are expected to push a vote Monday on a resolution to censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible impeachment of the president.

Republicans, who are a minority in the House, have taken issue with the manner in which Schiff is conducting the Democrat-run investigation.

“The very least we can do is censure him,” the House Republican leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

On Twitter later on Sunday, he wrote that “if Democrats don’t join after listening to him lie repeatedly, it will say a lot about their priorities—putting politics over the truth.”

“How many times has he (Schiff) lied to us? He should be censured,” McCarthy said on Friday, according to Reuters.

It’s unlikely that in the Democrat-controlled House, the resolution will pass.

McCarthy stated that Schiff misled the public by saying he did not know the identity of the anonymous whistleblower who reported that President Donald Trump had allegedly pressed Ukraine’s president to dig up information about 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The GOP leader said the whistleblower met with Schiff’s staff, adding that the move predated the investigation into impeaching Trump.

Rep. Adam Schiff
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence Committee, speaks at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Oct. 8, 2019. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Last week, Schiff said that his committee, which has worked behind closed doors to build the impeachment case, has no choice but to build the case on its own.

“The special counsels in the Nixon and Clinton impeachments conducted their investigations in private and we must initially do the same,” Schiff said last week, reported The Associated Press.

His methodology has drawn ire from both congressional Republicans and the White House.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House intelligence chairman, hold a press conference about the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, at the Capitol in Washington on Oct. 2, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Schiff last week said that the House committees involved in the impeachment inquiry will “accelerate” its efforts. “We expect to announce additional testimony from relevant witnesses in the coming days and remain prepared to compel testimony through duly authorized subpoenas as appropriate,” he said, according to Reuters.

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