Schiff: Case for impeachment inquiry 'gets stronger' with Trump stonewalling

Schiff: Case for impeachment inquiry 'gets stronger' with Trump stonewalling
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that he believes the case for an impeachment inquiry is "getting stronger" as the administration continues to "stonewall" Congress. 

His comments follow the Trump administration's rejection of several congressional subpoenas in recent weeks, as well as his own suggestion that impeachment could be used as a "tool" to get information. 


He told CNN Tuesday that the administration is “certainly pushing the Congress in that direction by obstructing everything.” 

The California Democrat added that he expects “we’ll have a discussion about that today.”

He said that the case for impeachment “gets stronger the more they stonewall the Congress.”



Last week, the White House rejected a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for oversight records. The Treasury Department also defied a congressional demand for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE's tax returns, with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Sweeping financial crimes bill to hitch a ride on defense measure On The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K MORE writing in a letter that the subpoena "lacks a legitimate legislative purpose."

On Tuesday, former White House counsel Don McGahn did not appear to testify before the House despite a subpoena. 

Schiff, who was once skeptical of impeachment, has indicated in recent days that he might be more open to the idea. He said Sunday during an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation that impeachment "provides an additional tool."

"If the only way that we can do our oversight is through an impeachment proceeding then maybe we have to go down that road," he said. "But I think it'll be important to show the American people this was a decision made reluctantly."

An impeachment inquiry is an investigation and is not an impeachment floor vote to bring charges against the president.