The House of Representatives voted down a Republican attempt to censure Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff over his handling of the impeachment inquiry, CNN reports.
The House voted 218-185 against the motion. The vote was down party lines.
The resolution, introduced by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs in September, accused Schiff of actions that "misled the American people, bring disrepute upon the House of Representatives, and make a mockery of the impeachment process, one of this chamber's most solemn constitutional duties."
“Republicans, including the President, have attacked Schiff for the way he portrayed a rough transcript of the President's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a public hearing last month, in which Schiff said that Trump told Zelensky ‘I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent. Understand? Lots of it, on this and on that,’” CNN reported. “Schiff said his comments were meant to be ‘a parody.’”
Schiff hits back at GOP:
Schiff criticized Republicans after the motion failed on Monday.
“It will be said of House Republicans, When they found they lacked the courage to confront the most dangerous and unethical president in American history, They consoled themselves by attacking those who did,” he tweeted.
Biggs accused Schiff in a statement on Monday of having "persistently used his perch on a vital committee to spread falsehoods about President Trump."
"Chairman Schiff's calculated words and actions over the past two years have brought this body into disrepute, and he must be held accountable," he added.
Pelosi releases Trump impeachment fact-sheet to fight GOP spin:
Pelosi on Monday released a fact-sheet aimed at countering Republican spin about the impeachment inquiry.
“President Trump has betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security and betrayed the integrity of our elections for his own personal political gain,” the document says.
The document includes three sections, titled "The Shakedown," "The Pressure Campaign," and "The Cover Up," and cites the words of the president and his administration to make the case that he should be impeached.
"In recent weeks, the nation has learned more about how President Trump abused the power of the presidency by using multiple levers of government—from Vice President Pence to the State Department, including Secretary Mike Pompeo, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, and Ambassador Kurt Volker—to advance a scheme to undermine our 2020 elections for his political gain, and then to obstruct the congressional inquiry into that scheme," the document said.