Schiff throws cold water on impeaching Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems eye next stage in Mueller fight Sanders: 'No discussion' of pardoning former Trump aides White House exults on Mueller victory lap MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview that aired Friday on "Rising" that he presumes President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle 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 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems eye next stage in Mueller fight After Mueller, Democrats need to avoid the Javert trap More than a half-million web articles published on Russia, Trump, Mueller since investigation began: analysis 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