During Tuesday’s interview with Steve Bannon, Rep. Luna (R-FL) confirmed that the Republican-controlled House will be voting to censure and potentially fine Democrat Adam Schiff (D-CA). The decision comes after months of heightened political tension and controversy surrounding Schiff’s conduct.
Luna, an up-and-coming conservative figure, stated that Schiff will “go down as a liar,” amplifying the message of accountability that the GOP has been pushing in recent times.
During the interview, Luna provided details about the upcoming vote and reaffirmed the backing of the GOP leadership.
“To my knowledge, tomorrow we will be taking the vote to censure him and potentially fine him,” Luna stated. She then added that the vote will take place tomorrow night and that the bill is currently being worked on. This signals that the GOP is making a determined and unified effort to hold Schiff accountable for his actions.
Schiff, a long-serving Democrat known for his outspoken criticism of the Trump administration, has often been a target of Republican ire.
Yesterday, Luna (R-FL) discussed the House Oversight Committee’s ongoing efforts to hold former House Judiciary Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) accountable for lying about the Trump-Russia investigation during an appearance on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures.
The reason for the vote? Allegations against Schiff for spreading “false narratives” during the Trump-Russia investigation. Luna and many of her fellow Republicans are vocal in their belief that lawmakers should face consequences for their actions during the investigation, particularly in light of the Durham report’s findings.
Earlier this month, the Florida congresswoman filed a motion to censure, condemn and impose a $16 million fine on Schiff for allegedly lying to the American people about the investigation. The move came not long after the Durham report confirmed that the FBI opened the Trump-Russia investigation without any significant evidence to back claims of collusion.
Schiff, however, while serving as House Judiciary chair, repeatedly claimed that he had seen exclusive evidence proving collusion between Trump and Russian intelligence agencies. “I don’t want to go into specifics, but I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial. But as I’ve said all along, there’s plenty of evidence of collusion,” the California congressman told Meet The Press in 2017.
“I will speak to Adam Schiff. Maria, I have a privileged resolution that I’m bringing to the floor, and we are going to fine that man 16 million dollars for using his position to lie to the American people, and ultimately push something that not only destroyed our country, but ripped us apart and I believe, maybe even permanently damaged foreign relations,” the freshman congresswoman told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
“He is a criminal… and Adam Schiff; you will be held accountable.”
She went on to reference Schiff’s claims of seeing a “smoking gun” that never materialized. “And yet, he was privileged to information that not even I or many of my colleagues would be able to see,” Luna went on to say. “He used that position. He absolutely aided and abetted a corrupt FBI into investigating a sitting president.”
In addition to bringing “dishonor to the House of Representatives,” Luna argued that Schiff “really destroyed the sense of comradery that we had in this country,” adding that the Trump-Russia investigation cost taxpayers 32 million dollars.