Democrats voted Monday evening to block a resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for his handling of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has her own reasons to explain why the motion was tabled.
The resolution was introduced by Chairman of House Freedom Caucus Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) in late September to condemn Schiff for fabricating the content of the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
The bill quickly gained support from a majority of the House Republicans who accused Schiff of misleading the American people by doing so at a House hearing. Schiff by himself admitted that he had made a parody. He also drew the ire from Republican lawmakers for conducting secret witness testimonies and”cherry-picked” the transcripts.
Ignoring all evidence of mishandling that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has gathered while leading the impeachment investigation, Pelosi praised Schiff as a “great American patriot” whom “the president is most afraid” of.
“Chairman Schiff is a great American patriot,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Our country is extremely well-served by his serious smart and strategic leadership to protect our elections, national security, and democracy.”
Schiff also said that he had not contacted the so-called whistleblower before the complaint was filed and insisted on testimony from the whistleblower. After media reports surfaced to contradict that account, Schiff changed his mind saying, “We don’t need the whistleblower who wasn’t on the call to tell us what took place during the call.”
Ironically, Pelosi argued that Republicans in the Congress “fear most is the truth” and “stage confusion, undermine the Constitution.”
“The American people want the truth. The House will proceed with our impeachment inquiry to find the facts and expose the truth, guided by our Constitution and the facts. This is about patriotism, not politics or partisanship,” she said.
Pelosi’s comments have drawn a sharp rebuke from her predecessor—Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who called Pelosi and Schiff as “embarrassingly dishonest” after Democrats blocked the House censure resolution.
“Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff have both become embarrassingly dishonest,” he tweeted. “They, along with the rest of the House Democrats, have desperately been trying to manufacture something since the day after President Trump was elected.”
Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff have both become embarrassingly dishonest. They, along with the rest of the House Democrats, have desperately been trying to manufacture something since the day after President Trump was elected. pic.twitter.com/KdWD4fCH2W
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) October 21, 2019