Schiff throws cold water on impeaching Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Cohen told lawmakers that Trump lawyer Sekulow instructed him to lie about Moscow tower project: report Supreme Court declines to hear case on businesses' political contributions MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview that aired Friday on "Rising" that he presumes President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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