The majority of House members censured California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff late last month, and as a result, he entered American history—though not in a good way.
Schiff was forced to stand in front of Congress and endure the humiliation of his colleagues, becoming one of only two dozen members of Congress since the nation’s establishment to receive a censure. Schiff, though, is utilizing his reprimand with pride in his U.S. Senate campaign.
“Rep. Adam Schiff has more cash on hand to spend on his Senate run than any individual presidential campaign, according to new FEC data. Why it matters: In an election cycle poised to break records for campaign spending, the hotly contested race to fill Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) open seat is expected to be one of the most expensive in the country,” Axios reported.
“After raising more than $8 million in Q2, Schiff has nearly $30 million in cash on hand — more than any other federal candidate, including for president. Schiff, already a prolific fundraiser, received a surge in donations after House Republicans vote to censure him last month for leading investigations into former President Trump. President Biden’s campaign raised about $20 million in Q2, though that figure balloons to more than $72 million when combined with the Democratic National Committee and their joint fundraising committee,” according to Axios’ report.
Schiff had more than $21 million in cash on hand at the end of the 2022 election season, according to FEC records.
The California Democrat referred to the vote as a “badge of honor” and used it to raise money.
“Today, I wear this partisan vote as a badge of honor,” Schiff said. “Knowing that I have lived my oath. Knowing that I have done my duty, to hold a dangerous and out-of-control president accountable. And knowing that I would do so again — in a heartbeat — if the circumstances should ever require it.”
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.), who called Schiff a “criminal” for allegedly using his former position as chair of the House Intelligence Committee to falsely accuse former President Donald Trump of “colluding” with Russia to sway the 2016 election, launched the movement to have Schiff removed from office.
Paulina Luna spoke about the House Oversight Committee’s ongoing efforts to hold former Schiff accountable for lying about the Trump-Russia probe without any conclusive evidence to support charges of suspected collusion during an appearance with Fox News.
“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 damaging foreign relations. He is a criminal, and Adam Schiff, you will be held accountable,” Luna said.
“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.”
“Adam Schiff lied to the American people. He used his position on House Intelligence to push a lie that cost American taxpayers millions of dollars and abused the trust placed in him as Chairman. He is a dishonor to the House of Representatives. The Durham Report makes clear that the Russian Collusion was a lie from day one and Schiff knowingly used his position in an attempt to divide our country,” she added.
Schiff was charged earlier this year for leaking extremely sensitive material for years in an effort to harm then-President Donald Trump.
Mike Pompeo, a former CIA director who is currently the Secretary of State, reportedly asserted that he felt compelled to be selective in the information he provided to Schiff and his staff due to concerns that it would be weaponized and leaked to the media.
“During my time as CIA director and secretary of state, I know that he leaked classified information that had been provided to him,” Pompeo said.
“Outnumbered” co-host Emily Compagno, after emphasizing what a huge problem that is, asked Pompeo why there hadn’t been any accountability if leaking that kind of information is “a felony at a minimum, up to treason.”
“It’s a complicated process, right? It’s difficult to pin down precisely what happened,” Pompeo said. “But I could tell you that when we provided information to him and to his staff, it ended up in places it shouldn’t have been with alarming regularity. We could see it. In the end, I decided I held back information from them as a result.”