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House Rejects Censure Resolution Against Rep. Adam Schiff Over Trump-Russia Collusion Claims

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The House of Representatives voted against a resolution on Wednesday that sought to censure and condemn Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, for his claims that former President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, a Republican from Florida, was defeated in a 225-196 vote, with 20 Republicans opposing it and two others voting “present” alongside five Democrats, according to reports from Fox News.

The resolution faced skepticism from some Republicans, including Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky, who expressed opposition to the idea of imposing a $16 million fine on Schiff, which was recommended in the resolution but not mandatory.

“Adam Schiff acted unethically but if a resolution to fine him $16 million comes to the floor I will vote to table it. (vote against it),” Massie said in a tweet.

Massie cited constitutional concerns regarding the proposed fine, mentioning potential violations of the 27th and 8th amendments. It remains unclear if House Republicans will attempt another resolution against Schiff without the mention of fines.

The failed resolution asserted that claims of Trump-Russia collusion were fabricated by Trump’s political enemies. It cited multiple investigations, including the Durham report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, to argue that collusion did not exist despite Schiff’s stating the contrary publicly.

The resolution accused Schiff of deliberately deceiving his committee, Congress, and the American people by repeatedly disseminating false information, including reading unfounded allegations from the Steele dossier into the Congressional Record.

The resolution also criticized Schiff for composing a false memo justifying the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application on Trump associate Carter Page, which the DOJ Inspector General later found to contain major mistakes and omissions.

It alleged that Schiff misused his position and access to sensitive information to initiate a fraudulently based investigation, leading to political gain and fundraising. The resolution highlighted that the investigation into collusion cost taxpayers $32 million.

Had the resolution passed, it would have formally censured and condemned Schiff’s actions, deeming them unfitting for an elected member of the House.

It would have required Schiff to stand in the well of the House while the resolution was read aloud and mandated an investigation into his alleged lies, misrepresentations, and abuses of sensitive information by the House Committee on Ethics.

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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