(RepublicanJournal.org) – Freshman Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) has made a splash as an outspoken member of the hardline conservative Freedom Caucus and notably co-sponsored resolutions to impeach several senior-level Biden administration officials, including Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray. On Friday, June 9, she introduced her own resolution to censure Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) for his part in weaponizing investigations against former President Donald Trump, and fellow freshman Rep. George Santos (R-NY) vocally supported her bold move.
Santos released a video statement on Twitter encouraging the censure because Schiff had continuously pursued false and damaging allegations throughout Trump’s presidency, claiming the former POTUS had colluded with the Russian government to secure his 2016 election win, a charge which found no basis in fact in the Meuller Report issued in March 2019.
Santos called Schiff’s behavior “abhorrent” and “unacceptable” and pointed to the recommended $16 million fine which Luna suggested levying on the lawmaker to defray the $32 million in taxpayer dollars spent in what the Republicans believe were unnecessary investigations into Trump.
Schiff called the resolution “defamatory,” “false,” and “unconstitutional.” The California lawmaker questioned whether the House could even enforce the fine in a letter to his colleagues.
Inversely, Santos is facing his own legal challenges. On May 10, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York unsealed a 13-count indictment against the first-term Congressman, alleging that he embezzled contributions, fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits, and purposely misrepresented himself in disclosures to Congress. Critics on social media mocked Santos for calling to preserve the integrity of the lower chamber of Congress in light of the alleged lies and crimes the indictment accuses him of committing.
The House voted on Luna’s resolution on Thursday, June 14, and the chamber carried a motion to table the resolution indefinitely by a vote of 225 to 196. Schiff received a reprieve from 20 Republicans who joined 205 Democrats to pass the motion. Santos, despite his public bluster, voted “Present.”
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