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

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

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Schiff pushes back: Defense team knows Trump is guilty 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. 

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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 TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE's tax returns, with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinLouise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg Mnuchin: US 'focused' on reaching trade deal with UK by end of year Commerce Department withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon pushback: reports  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.