Former President Donald Trump demanded that Republicans who voted against a measure to censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) be primaried from within their own party. The former president’s urging came as a number of Republicans helped Democrats block the censure effort by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL).
Luna introduced the bill meant to censure Schiff, who was a primary critic of Trump during his time in the White House. In particular, Luna criticized Schiff’s role in promoting the false claims that Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with the Russian government.
However, 20 Republicans voted with Democrats to block the censure vote.
The former president wrote on Truth Social that Luna is a “STAR” and that she “never gives up, especially in holding total lowlifes like Adam “Shifty” Schiff responsible for their lies, deceit, deception and actually putting our Country at great risk, for which he should be imprisoned!”
Trump also called the California Democrat a “Leaker and a Scoundrel.”
He said that any Republican that voted against the censure “should immediately be primaried.”
“There are plenty of great candidates out there!” Trump wrote.
The claims of Trump-Russia collusion led to both a significant political debate and a costly investigation by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Mueller’s report found no such collusion.
A number of Schiff’s assertions were also proven incorrect by an investigation by special counsel John Durham.
Luna said last month that it was the “obligation of House Leadership to back up this motion for the American people and hold this feckless man accountable.”
The Florida Republican requested support from congressional Republicans to “bring accountability and respect back to the House of Representatives.”
The original censure measure also called for Schiff to be fined $16 million, or about half of the cost of the Mueller investigation.
Despite the vote, Luna stated that she would be bringing an edited version of the bill to the House next week. One Republican, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said that he voted against the measure because he believed that the fine was unconstitutional, but thanked Luna for “fixing” the revised bill.
— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) June 15, 2023