About 135 House Republicans have signed on to a motion to censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for his parody readout of a phone called between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky during a hearing last month.
The resolution was introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), who chairs the House Freedom Caucus. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) have signed on, Fox News reported.
While its unlikely the resolution would be passed, as Democrats have control of the House, Republicans could force a vote on the issue.
“Schiff simply does not have the gravitas that a weighty procedure such as impeachment requires,” Biggs wrote to Fox News. “He has repeatedly shown incredibly poor judgment. He has persistently and consistently demonstrated that he has such a tremendous bias and animus against Trump that he will say anything and accept any proffer of even bogus evidence to try to remove the president from office.”
Schiff hasnt issued a comment on the matter.
Last month, he added words that were not spoken by Trump while appearing to read from the transcript of the July 25 phone call. During his opening remarks, he described the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky call as “a classic organized crime shakedown.”
“This is the essence of what the president communicates,” Schiff continued.
The chairman then quoted part of the transcript before introducing in words that were not said by Trump on the call.
“And by the way dont call me again, Ill call you when youve done what I asked,” Schiff said, before adding “This is in sum and character what the president was trying to communicate with the president of Ukraine. It would be funny if it wasnt such a graphic portrayal of the presidents oath of office.”
Schiff later stated that what he said in House was “not okay.”