Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., introduced a resolution that would fine Rep. Adam Schiff $16 million for falsely claiming that former President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.
According to Luna, the amount is only half of the cost of the federal investigation into the now completely debunked Trump-Russia collusion, confirmed by special counsel reports from John Durham and Robert Mueller.
“The GOP Conference agrees that Adam Schiff has betrayed the trust of the American people, purposely abused positions of extreme authority, lied continuously, and as such, must be held to account,” Luna said.
“Accordingly, the resolution requires Rep. Schiff to pay a $16 million dollar fine, half of the cost American taxpayers were forced to pay for the Russia hoax investigation.”
Luna’s resolution said Schiff held a position of “extreme trust” as chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which gave him access to sensitive information.
However, Schiff “abused this trust” by falsely claiming he had evidence of collusion, which Durham proved did not exist.
“By repeatedly telling these falsehoods, Representative Schiff purposely deceived his Committee, Congress, and the American people,” the resolution said.
It noted that Schiff “lent credibility” to the Steele dossier, supported a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against Trump aide Carter Page, and publicly accused Page of being a Russian collaborator.
“Representative Schiff exploited his positions on HPSCI to encourage and excuse abusive intelligence investigations of Americans for political purposes,” it said. “Representative Schiff used his position and access to sensitive information to instigate a fraudulently based investigation, which he then used to amass political gain and fundraising dollars.”
“American taxpayers paid $32 million to fund the investigation into collusion that was launched as a result of Rep. Schiff’s lies, misrepresentations, and abuses of sensitive information,” it added.
The resolution “censures and condemns” Schiff for “conduct that misleads the American people in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House” and declares that he is fined $16 million.
“It is the obligation of House Leadership to back up this motion for the American people and hold this feckless man accountable,” Luna said.
Luna also introduced a separate resolution to expel Schiff from Congress for abusing his position.
Durham’s highly anticipated report revealed major failures by the FBI and no evidence that Trump coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
As we know, Schiff spent years claiming he had evidence of collusion, going on network TV, and repeatedly lying to the American people.
In 2017, Schiff claimed that the “evidence is not circumstantial.”
When Schiff was asked if he was solely relying on a “circumstantial case,” Schiff replied “no,” insisting the case “is more than that.”
“So you have seen direct evidence of collusion?” “Meet The Press,” moderator Chuck Todd asked.
“I don’t want to go into specifics, but I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial, and it’s very much worthy of investigation,” Schiff responded.
Schiff blasted Luna’s resolution to expel him from Congress, agreeing it was “payback” for his effort to hold Trump accountable.
“A MAGA Republican Member of Congress just filed a motion to expel me from the U.S. House of Representatives. I stood up to Donald Trump and held extreme MAGA forces accountable,” Schiff said on Twitter last week.
“Now they want payback. They’ll go after anyone who defends the rule of law.”