“He’s a criminal. What he did was wrong. And, Adam Schiff, you will be held accountable,” Luna told Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures.
Luna alleged that Schiff lied to the American public when he claimed he stumbled across “more than circumstantial evidence” that former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to win the election.
Special counsel John Durham’s report, released last month, concluded that “neither U.S. law enforcement nor the intelligence community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation,” which investigated alleged Russian interference in the election.
In the wake of that report last month, Luna proposed a privileged resolution to censure Schiff and slap him with a $16 million fine for his comments.
Schiff, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee during Trump’s final two years in office, publicly maintained during the Trump administration that there was “ample evidence of collusion in plain sight.” In his capacity as chair of the panel, he aggressively investigated the matter.
“We are going to fine that man $16 million for using his position to lie to the American people and ultimately push something that not only destroyed our country, ripped us apart, but also too was responsible for almost, I believe, maybe even potentially permanently damaging foreign relations,” Luna added.
At one point, Schiff read pieces of the controversial Steele dossier into the Congressional Record back in 2017. That dossier contains numerous unconfirmed allegations of Trump’s links to Russia.
Luna apprised that Schiff’s “egregious lie” cost taxpayers “over $32 million,” referring to the legal costs for investigating alleged Russian ties to Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Schiff, who is running in a heated primary for California Senate, previously shrugged off her motion and stressed that he isn’t backing down.
“MAGA extremists just filed a motion to censure and fine me $16 million because I stood up to Donald Trump and his allies. They’re 8 days away from defaulting on our debt, but Speaker McCarthy and his MAGA allies would rather try to silence me. But I’m not backing down. Ever,” he tweeted.
MAGA extremists just filed a motion to censure and fine me $16 million because I stood up to Donald Trump and his allies.
They’re 8 days away from defaulting on our debt, but Speaker McCarthy and his MAGA allies would rather try to silence me.
But I’m not backing down. Ever.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 23, 2023
Schiff served as an investigator in Trump’s first impeachment and a manager in his second impeachment.