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Schiff throws cold water on impeaching Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump addresses pandemic but not election during annual turkey pardon Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Hillicon Valley: Leadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns | Snapchat launches in-app video platform 'Spotlight' | Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview that aired Friday on "Rising" that he presumes President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE will be voted out of office, effectively throwing cold water on impeachment. 

"Where it ends I don't know," Schiff told actor Richard Schiff — the two are not related — in a Hill.TV interview on Thursday. "I presume it ends with Donald Trump being voted out of office." 

"But Bob Mueller will have a lot to say about that. We shouldn't pre-judge what he concludes or the evidence that he's gathered," he continued. "We have our own responsibilities with our investigation in Congress." 

"At the end of the day, we need to be able to tell the American people exactly what took place in the 2016 election, and whether a foreign nation or a foreign adversary has leverage over the president of the United States," he said. 

Schiff's comments come as the now-Democratic controlled House plans to investigate various parts of Trump's life, including his businesses, his taxes and his administration. 

While there will likely be pressure from Democratic voters to move to impeach Trump, newly elected Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) has set the bar high for impeachment. 

“If there's to be grounds for impeachment of President Trump — and I'm not seeking those grounds — that would have to be so clearly bipartisan in terms of acceptance of it before I think we should go down any impeachment path,” Pelosi told USA Today on Friday. 

— Julia Manchester