Monday, November 30, 2020

Schiff Says Impeachment Inquiry Worth It Even If Trump Is Not Removed From Office

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who is in charge of the impeachment inquiry agai..

By Sunday Herald Team , in US Politics , at November 13, 2019

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who is in charge of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, said the inquiry is worth it even if the House impeaches Trump but the Senate doesnt convict him.

“Ive always thought that the strongest argument for impeachment was also the strongest argument against it, which is if you dont impeach a president who commits conduct of this kind, what does that say to the next president about what they can do, and to the next Congress? At the same time, if you do impeach but the president is acquitted, what does that say to the next president, to the next Congress? Theres no good or simple answer to that conundrum,” Schiff told NPR late Nov. 12, a day before the public impeachment hearings started.

“But what compelled me to go down this road is the fact that no sooner had one investigation come to a close, no sooner had Bob Mueller testified about the presidents first effort to solicit foreign help, but the president was at it again. And impeachment is not only a remedy to remove a president, its also the most powerful sanction the House has,” Schiff continued.

“And if that deters further presidential misconduct, then it may provide some remedy even in the absence of a conviction in the Senate. But again, I have to hope that my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle will keep an open mind, will do their constitutional duty, will set aside the party of the president. Because otherwise, why are they even there, and what does their oath of office really mean?”

Asked what the House plans to charge Trump with, Schiff said, “On the basis of what the witnesses have had to say so far, there are any number of potentially impeachable offenses including bribery, including high crimes and misdemeanors.”

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