U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA)
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA)REUTERS

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday censured Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) over his criticisms of then-President Donald Trump and his role in leading the first impeachment inquiry into the former president, NBC News reported.

The 213-209 party-line vote came exactly one week after a similar effort to censure Schiff was rejected after 20 Republicans joined Democrats to block the resolution over objections to a provision that called for fining him $16 million.

The author of the resolution, freshman Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), said this week she had secured support from the 20 GOP dissenters after she removed language about a fine.

After the vote, Schiff was ordered to stand on the House floor to receive a verbal rebuke, read by Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Democrats chanted “Shame!” and “Disgrace!” and heckled McCarthy, according to NBC News.

The resolution also requires the House Ethics Committee to launch an investigation into Schiff. Six Republicans voted present on the censure resolution.

Schiff was the chairman and ranking member of the Intelligence Committee during the Trump administration, and he became the face of Democratic accusations that members of Trump's 2016 campaign team colluded with Russia to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

In January, McCarthy removed Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the Intelligence panel.

Schiff is the 25th lawmaker in U.S. history to be censured by the House. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) was censured on Nov. 17, 2021, for posting an animation on Twitter depicting him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and attacking President Joe Biden.

Before that, the last censure was Dec. 2, 2010, when the House censured Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY), for a variety of ethics violations, including misusing congressional letterhead for fundraising and filing inaccurate financial reports and federal tax returns.