The Republican opponent of Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff in his bid for the California State Senate denounced the congressman’s claim that being censured by Congress is a “sign of honor.”
“Every time Schiff opens his mouth, he’s lying,” attorney and Republican senate nominee Eric Early told Fox News Digital Thursday. “At this point he’s like a cornered animal that just swings around and says one ridiculous thing after another.”
After becoming only the 25th congressman in U.S. history to be censured, Schiff told Fox News he considers it a “sign of honor because it says I’m effective.”
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“They’re going after people they think are effective. I’ve exposed the former president’s corruption,” Schiff said. “I led the former president’s first impeachment trial to the first bipartisan vote to remove a president and American history.”
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(L) Representative Adam Schiff (R) Eric Early (Getty Images)
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“Wear your badge well, Schiff, because this is clearly not a badge of honor and frankly, once the lights go down and Schiff is finally out of our administration, he will forever be remembered as one of the worst ever. adorn the halls of Congress,” Early told Fox News Digital.
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The disapproval vote against Schiff, which eventually passed by a party line of 213-209 with 6 Republicans present, was launched by Florida Republican Representative Anna Paulina Luna. The censorship bill said Schiff’s peddling of the debunked collusion between Russia and former President Trump was inappropriate for a member.
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Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) attends a business meeting ahead of a hearing on U.S. southern border security on Capitol Hill, February 1, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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“As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff launched an all-out political campaign against an incumbent U.S. president, based on baseless misrepresentations, at the expense of every citizen of this country and the honor of the House of Representatives,” Luna said. for the vote.
With access to sensitive information unavailable to most members of Congress and certainly inaccessible to the American people, Schiff abused his privilege by claiming to know the truth while keeping Americans in the dark about his web of lies… lies so serious they changed the course of the country forever,” she said.
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Republican Eric Early, a former candidate for California attorney general, speaks at a candidates forum in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
Asked who one recent Berkeley IGS survey shows leads a crowded Democratic field in the race to replace outgoing Democrat Dianne Feinstein with 31% of California voters still undecided, told Fox News Digital that he agrees with Luna that Schiff has done massive damage to the country .
“The damage he has done is incalculable,” said Early. “For years he went on TV and in the press to lie to Americans pretty much every day, and what made it so much worse was that he was the head of the House Intelligence Committee, so he led all Americans to believe that he had seen classified information …that backed up all his lies about Russian conspiracy during the Trump campaign.”
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“He really was one of the leaders of a soft presidential coup, and he did a lot of damage to the presidency,” continued Early. “He divided the nation greatly, and he does to this day. He is a national disgrace of the highest order, and yesterday censure was so well deserved.”
Schiff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
Andrew Mark Miller is a writer at Fox News. Find him on Twitter @andymarkmiller and email tips to [email protected].