Late last month, a significant number of House members censured Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California. As a consequence, Schiff adversely entered the annals of American history.
Schiff, who was compelled to stand before Congress and endure the disgrace of his colleagues, became one of a mere twenty-two members of Congress to receive a censure since the nation’s founding. However, Schiff is strategically incorporating his reprimand into his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
“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.
FEC records indicate that Schiff had more than $21 million in cash on hand at the conclusion of the 2022 election season.
I used the vote to generate funds; he termed it a “badge of honor” for the California Democrat.
“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.”
The movement to have Schiff removed from office was initiated by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.), who referred to him as 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 influence the 2016 election.
During an appearance on Fox News, Paulina Luna discussed the ongoing efforts of the House Oversight Committee to hold former Schiff accountable for lying about the Trump-Russia investigation without conclusive evidence to support charges of suspected collusion.
“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 with disclosing highly sensitive information for years with the intent of tarnishing then-President Donald Trump, as was disclosed earlier this year.
Reportedly, former CIA director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that he felt obligated to exercise caution in the information he shared with Schiff and his staff out of apprehension that it might be exploited for nefarious purposes or disclosed 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.”