‘Chairman Schiff has made a mockery of the House’s authority, reputation, and grave responsibility…’
Pelosi said “the GOP has not even tried to deny the facts” of Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats.
In a statement, Pelosi added a stiff defense of Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the “the person of whom the President is most afraid.”
She issued the statement after majority Democrats blocked a Republican effort to censure Schiff.
GOP members of the House had sought punishment for Schiff because he falsely represented a transcript of the call between Trump and the Ukraine president in which a potential investigation of possible corrupt activities by Joe and Hunter Biden were discussed. He also lied about his role in orchestrating a whistleblower complaint about the call. Republicans are also criticizing Schiff for the secretive way he is conducting the impeachment investigation, by barring members from witnessing depositions and testimony as is their right as Representatives, or to even view transcripts.
“Chairman Schiff has made a mockery of the House’s authority, reputation, and grave responsibility,” said House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. “Throughout the pointless investigation into the debunked Democrat claim of Russian collusion, and now during this sham impeachment process, Chairman Schiff has repeatedly lied to and misled the American people. Chairman Schiff cannot be trusted to conduct a fair and open impeachment inquiry, because he cannot be trusted to tell the truth.”
Schiff later tweeted that Republicans will be remembered for lacking the courage to confront Trump. So, he said, “they consoled themselves by attacking those who did.”
GOP Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona sponsored the censure resolution.
The House voted 218-185 Monday to table the vote.
Trump earlier lashed out at the House impeachment inquiry and also criticizing Republicans for not sticking together.
During a Cabinet meeting Monday, he repeatedly defended his phone call with the Ukrainian president that sparked the impeachment inquiry.
And he called out Republicans, too, including “NeverTrump” Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, for failing to adequately defend him as the inquiry moves forward.
Trump says while he disagrees with Democrats’ policies, he respects them for sticking together, adding: “They don’t have Mitt Romney in their midst.”
Trump told reporters the Democrats only opened the impeachment investigation because they believe it will help them in the 2020 election.
He says: “I think they want to impeach me because it’s the only way they’re going to win.”
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.