Schiff throws cold water on impeaching Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems press Barr to make Mueller report public Schiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview that aired Friday on "Rising" that he presumes President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Can progressives govern? Dems plan hearing on emergency declaration's impact on military 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