Rep. Anna Paulina Luna Seeks Expulsion of Rep. Adam Schiff Over Costly Lies
According to Fox News, Florida’s Representative Anna Paulina Luna has taken a significant stride by introducing a resolution aimed at removing Congressman Adam Schiff from Congress. Luna contends that Schiff, who previously held the top Democratic position on the House Intelligence Committee, deliberately disseminated an unfounded narrative during the Trump-Russia investigation, resulting in substantial financial ramifications for American taxpayers.
Adam Schiff served as the former chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and is accused of persistently promoting an unproven theory of collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. Despite the lack of corroborating evidence, Schiff consistently advocated for this narrative in congressional proceedings and various media appearances.
The allegations against Schiff primarily stem from his public statements, where he asserted having evidence of collusion, alongside his denial of any knowledge concerning the identity of the whistleblower responsible for initiating the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Critics argue that Schiff’s actions deceived the American public, casting doubts on his integrity and ethical behavior, while simultaneously aiming to undermine and tarnish the reputation of the duly elected President of the United States.
In a press release issued on May 17, Rep. Luna stated:
“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.”
McCarthy Considering Schiff’s Removal from Congress
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has expressed concerns about Adam Schiff’s credibility and suitability for Congress. McCarthy highlighted Schiff’s previous statements claiming to possess evidence and denying knowledge of the whistleblower. He emphasized the impact of Schiff’s alleged lies on the public, raising doubts about Schiff’s character and whether he should remain in Congress.
According to Conservative Brief, Schiff frequently promoted the collusion claim during Trump’s presidency, both in congressional proceedings and on various media outlets. However, the findings of Durham’s investigation refuted this claim entirely. It was revealed that the Obama-era FBI launched an investigation into the Trump campaign, codenamed Crossfire Hurricane, in 2016, despite lacking any evidence of collusion. Moreover, high-ranking officials, including President Obama, were aware that the narrative of Trump colluding with Russia was fabricated by the Clinton campaign to weaponize the government against Trump and divert attention from Clinton’s own email server scandal.
Durham Report Criticized by Adam Schiff and Democrats
Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democratic representative from California, is not alone in criticizing the Durham report. Numerous Democrats have also dismissed the report as flawed from the beginning. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board member, William McGurn, expressed his opinions on “The Story,” highlighting the Democrats’ negative response to the Durham report.
The Call for Expulsion and the Durham Report’s Findings
The resolution filed by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna comes in the wake of the release of the Durham report, which exposed significant failures within the FBI and failed to find any evidence of coordination between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Luna and other Republicans argue that lawmakers should face consequences for their involvement in perpetuating false narratives.
Taking to Twitter as well, Rep. Luna further expressed her thoughts, stating:
“The deliberate use of one’s House Intel position to propagate falsehoods that tore our nation apart, burdened taxpayers with exorbitant costs, and authorized intrusive surveillance on a sitting President, coupled with an unwavering commitment to this deception even after the Durham report’s release, renders one unsuitable for public office. It is imperative that ethics inquiries be conducted.”
Knowingly using your position on House Intel to push a lie that ripped apart our country, cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and authorized spying on a US President and then proceeding to double down on the lie within days of the Durham report coming out makes you unfit for… pic.twitter.com/A8rTBPY77Z
— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) May 17, 2023
On May 15, the highly anticipated report by Special Counsel John Durham was released, revealing a shocking breakdown within the Department of Justice and FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation. The over 300-page report exposes a lack of rigorous analysis and raises concerns about dependence on politically aligned sources in the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” probe. This breach of duty can be attributed to former Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and others.
The report sheds light on the undue influence wielded by Trump’s political adversaries, including Hillary Clinton, who played a significant role in initiating and perpetuating the investigation. Despite the subsequent acquittal, it underscores the undeniable truth that the Clinton campaign orchestrated a deceitful scheme to link Trump to Russia, with the complicity of certain segments of the media, labeling him an “illegitimate president.”
In response to mounting calls for his expulsion from Congress, Schiff turned to Twitter to address the issue, asserting:
“Following the motion filed by a MAGA Republican to expel me from Congress, history will remember this chapter. It will recount how, when Republicans failed to display the courage to confront an incredibly unethical president, they sought solace in attacking those who did. I refuse to retreat.”
A MAGA Republican has filed a motion to expel me from Congress.
When this chapter is written, it will record: When Republicans lacked the courage to stand up to the most unethical president in history, they consoled themselves by attacking those who did. I’m not backing down. pic.twitter.com/S2ciErmNJV
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) May 18, 2023
Schiff’s Previous Claims and Response to Expulsion Motion
Adam Schiff has a history of asserting that there is solid evidence of collusion between the Kremlin and Trump’s 2016 campaign, including non-circumstantial evidence. Luna’s resolution is aimed at holding Schiff accountable for repeatedly spreading false information. Schiff responded to the motion for his expulsion by claiming it was a retaliatory action by a “MAGA Republican” seeking revenge. He positioned himself as a defender of the rule of law and accused his opponents of targeting those who hold them accountable.
Schiff’s involvement in promoting the false narrative of collusion has raised doubts about his credibility and integrity. Despite the lack of evidence, he consistently promoted these claims in congressional proceedings and media appearances. Criticism has been directed at Schiff for allegedly lying and withholding crucial information, such as the whistleblower’s identity, which has been seen as misleading the American public and undermining President Donald Trump.
Expulsion Process and Impeachment Distinction
Expulsion removes a Congress member through procedures outlined in the Constitution. It starts with a resolution and requires a two-thirds majority vote. Grounds for expulsion usually involve serious misconduct, followed by investigation, hearings, and debate.
Impeachment charges certain officials, like the President, Vice President, and federal judges, with “high crimes and misdemeanors” per the Constitution. The House introduces articles of impeachment as formal charges. If the majority votes for impeachment, the Senate holds a trial. A two-thirds majority vote is needed for conviction and removal from office.
Members of Congress can undergo expulsion and impeachment separately. Expulsion is chamber-specific, removing a member from their seat. Impeachment is broader, targeting specific federal officials and potentially leading to removal.