Watchdog demands probe after Schiff used floor speech footage to launch Senate campaign
The watchdog group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed a complaint Friday saying that Rep. Adam Schiff should be investigated for using footage of himself delivering a floor speech when announcing his bid for the U.S. Senate.
Schiff’s two-minute video shows the California Democrat speaking to senators in his role of impeachment manager during former President Donald Trump‘s first impeachment trial.
House members are prohitibed from using House and Senate floor video for campaign purposes – even if the footage comes from a news outlet.
‘This is a clear violation of House Ethics Rules and Federal law. Rep. Schiff has been in Congress for over two decades and undoubtedly knows that official government resources cannot be used for political purposes,’ FACT’s Executive Director Kendra Arnold said in a statement.
‘Rep. Schiff must immediately take down the video and cease distribution of the footage, and the Office of Congressional Ethics should move swiftly to investigate and sanction Rep. Schiff for this breach,’ she added.
The watchdog group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed a complaint Friday saying that Rep. Adam Schiff should be investigated for using footage of himself delivering a floor speech when announcing his bid for the U.S. Senate
Schiff announced a run Thursday, launching a bid to take the place of 89-year-old incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Schiff’s announcement video heavily promotes his prominent role in Trump’s first impeachment.
‘I wish I could say the threat of MAGA extremists is over,’ he says in the two-minute spot. ‘It is not. Today’s Republican Party is gutting the middle class, threatening our democracy. They aren’t going to stop. We have to stop them.’
Schiff is the second Democrat to officially jump in the California race, while Feinstein hasn’t said she’s retiring.
It comes two days after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy removed Schiff, the former chairman, from the House Intelligence Committee, with the California Republican accusing the Democrat of lying about Russiagate and the veracity of Hunter Biden‘s laptop.
Rep. Adam Schiff announced Thursday that he was running for Senate, launching a bid to talk the place of 89-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein
The 89-year-old incumbent, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has yet to announce her retirement, yet Reps. Katie Porter and Adam Schiff have already announced their intentions to run for her seat
With Schiff’s entry into the race, there will likely be a protracted primary.
Earlier this month, Rep. Katie Porter said she would run.
At the same time, Rep. Barbara Lee has told lawmakers she plans to enter the race, though has not made an official announcement, Axios reported.
And it could get ugly.
A ‘source close to Adam Schiff‘ called it an ‘incredible mistake’ for Porter to announce her candidacy at that time, as California was reeling from dangerous rains and flooding.
NBC reported in the same story that Schiff had met with Feinstein to tell her he planned to run.
Feinstein told the Los Angeles Times in December that she planned to serve out her term and would announce her plans for 2024 ‘at the appropriate time.’
For months, Feinstein’s been plagued by reports that her memory is fading.
If she left her post early, California Gov. Gavin Newsom could name a temporary replacement. The state’s other senator, Sen. Alex Padilla, was first appointed to his position, taking the place of now Vice President Kamala Harris after she was sworn-in.
Earlier this month, Democratic Rep. Katie Porter announced via a video posted to Twitter that she was seeking the seat, arguing that ‘California needs a warrior in the Senate’
Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat who served as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ national co-chair in the 2020 presidential primary, told NBC he’d make his decision about jumping in the Senate race in the next few months.
Schiff became one of the most high-profile House Democrats during the Trump years – so much that he earned a nickname from the former president, ‘little pencil neck,’ which Schiff included in his campaign launch video.
Fellow Californian, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, named him lead impeachment manager during Trump’s first impeachment in January 2020.
He pointed to that role Wednesday during a press conference after McCarthy removed both he and Rep. Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee.
‘The cardinal sin appears to be that I led the impeachment of his master in Mar-a-Lago, for withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine, a nation that was even then at war with Russia, in order to extort that country into helping Donald Trump’s reelection campaign,’ Schiff said.
McCarthy said he removed Schiff because he ‘lied to the American public.’
‘When Devin Nunes put out a memo, [Schiff] said it was false. When we had a laptop, he used it before an election to [play] politics and say that it was false and said it was the Russians when he knew different,’ the House speaker said.
‘He used his position as chairman, knowing he has information the rest of American does not, and lied to the American public,’ McCarthy continued.