Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Sunday accused Republican leaders in the Senate and House of being “willing to carry the president’s water” no matter what his conduct is.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Schiff said that willingness is the reason any effort by Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump would fail.
“We're in an environment today where the GOP leadership, people like [House Minority Leader Rep.] Kevin McCarthy [R-Calif.], are willing to carry the president's water no matter how corrupt or dishonest the president's conduct may be.
“In those kind of circumstances, when [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] won't stand up to the president either, that means impeachment will be unsuccessful.“
He said Democrats in Congress will have a choice to make.
“I think what we'll have to decide as a caucus, what's the best thing for the country,” he said. “Is this the best thing for the country, take up an impeachment proceeding? To do otherwise sends a message that this conduct is somehow compatible with office — or not take up impeachment that won't be successful in the Senate because the Republican leadership won't do its duty.”
In both his ABC News interview and on “Fox News Sunday,” Schiff maintained his assertion that evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is “in plain sight” — despite that finding by special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I have been clear over the last year, there's ample evidence of collusion in plain sight,” he said on “This Week.” “I distinguish time and time again between collusion that's acts of corruption that may or may not be criminal and proof of criminal conspiracy.”
He also addressed the issue when challenged on his assertion by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.
"When I talked about evidence of collusion in plain sight, I used those words 'in plain sight' and I pointed to the meetings in Trump Tower that Don [Trump] Jr. and [Jared] Kushner and Paul Manafort took,” he said.
“What more clear intent to collude could you have than the Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what was described as an effort to help Mr. Trump in the campaign and Don Jr. saying ‘if it's what you say, I would love it?’”
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