Top Dem warns against rushing into impeachment talk

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTop intelligence community lawyer leaving position Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday warned that Democrats should not rush into impeachment talks despite swirling controversies around President Trump.

"That's not something that we should be rushing into or rushing to suggest,” Schiff told CNN’s “New Day.” 

Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the impeachment process would be “a wrenching experience” for the country, advocating instead to “get to the bottom” of what took place before such talks come about.

"What was the president's intent? Was he trying to shutdown a legitimate prosecution? Was he doing it because he was worried the trail may lead back to him? These are profound questions we need to answer before we get too far down the path of what are the consequences if the proof turns out to be there.”

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The New York Times on Tuesday reported that Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to ends the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing a memo written by Comey.

Trump fired Comey last week and acknowledged days later it was because he wanted the FBI to end its probe into Russian election interference. The move has stirred impeachment calls over possible obstruction of justice.

The White House, which denies the contents of Comey's memo, has pointed to the testimony acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe gave before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, when he said “there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”

Other Democrats, however, are saying Trump is in impeachment territory.

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenChinatown restaurants, shops say business is down due to coronavirus fears Democrats highlight lack of diversity at major banks in new report House passes supplemental disaster relief for Puerto Rico MORE (D-Texas) said he will call for Trump to be impeached Wednesday morning on the House floor.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) also said Tuesday the new reports have helped "cement" the process of impeaching the president.