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Congressman Biggs Calls for Privileged Consideration of Motion to Censure Adam Schiff

October 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced an updated motion to condemn and censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for his false retelling of the conversation between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky during a recent Congressional hearing, for spreading false accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election, and for concealing his dealings with the whistleblower from the rest of the Intelligence Committee and lying to the American public about it.

Congressman Biggs called for privileged consideration of this motion earlier this afternoon on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Over 160 Members of Congress have cosponsored this motion.

Congressman Biggs issued the following statement:

“This week, all members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be put on record on Chairman Adam Schiff’s shameful conduct as a member of this distinguished body. Chairman Schiff deliberately misled the American people during a high-profile hearing last month, and he has persistently used his perch on a vital committee to spread falsehoods about President Trump. Chairman Schiff’s calculated words and actions over the past two years have brought this body into disrepute, and he must be held accountable. I urge all of my colleagues to condemn and censure Chairman Schiff to send a message that his reckless disregard for the truth will no longer be tolerated.”

Read the text of the motion below:

H. Res. ___

Condemning and censuring Adam Schiff, Representative of California’s 28th Congressional District

In the House of Representatives

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Mr. Biggs submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on ________________________________________

RESOLUTION

Condemning and censuring Adam Schiff, Representative of California’s 28th Congressional District

Whereas, President Trump released the transcript of a call between him and the President of Ukraine;

Whereas, President Trump subsequently released the whistleblower complaint of August 12, 2019;

Whereas, in a September 26, 2019, hearing on the whistleblower complaint, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff purported to relay the content of the phone call to the American people;

Whereas, instead of quoting directly from the available transcript, Chairman Schiff manufactured a false retelling of the conversation between President Trump and President Zelensky;

Whereas, this egregiously false and fabricated retelling had no relationship to the call itself;

Whereas, these actions of Chairman Schiff misled the American people, bring disrepute upon the House of Representatives, and make a mockery of the impeachment process, one of this chamber’s most solemn constitutional duties;

Whereas, for more than two years, Chairman Schiff has spread false accusations that the Trump Campaign colluded with Russia;

Whereas on March 20, 2017, then Ranking Member Schiff read out false allegations from the Steele dossier accusing numerous Trump associates of colluding with Russia;

Whereas, then-Ranking Member Schiff falsely claimed in a March 2017 interview to have “more than circumstantial evidence” of collusion with Russia;

Whereas, then-Ranking Member Schiff negotiated with Russian comedians whom he believed to be Ukrainian officials to obtain materials to damage the President of the United States politically;

Whereas, according to a New York Times article on October 2, 2019, Chairman Schiff’s committee staff met with the whistleblower prior to the filing of his complaint and staff members communicated the content of the complaint to Chairman Schiff;

Whereas Chairman Schiff concealed his dealings with the whistleblower from the rest of the Intelligence Committee and, when asked directly in a television interview whether he had any contact with the whistleblower, he lied to the American people and said, “we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.”

Whereas, members of the Intelligence Committee have lost faith in his objectivity and capabilities as Chairman, with every Republican member on the Committee having signed a letter calling for his immediate resignation as Chairman;

Whereas, Chairman Schiff has hindered the ability of the Intelligence Committee to fulfill its oversight responsibilities of the Intelligence Community, an indispensable pillar of our national security.

Resolved, That—

  1. The House of Representatives censures and condemns Representative Adam Schiff for conduct that misleads the American people in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House of Representatives;
  2. Representative Adam Schiff will forthwith present himself in the well of the House for the pronouncement of censure; and
  3. Representative Adam Schiff will be censured with the public reading of this resolution by the Speaker.

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