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 SchiffEx-Trump aide on Russia testifies for 10 hours as part of impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe GOP rep says he was kicked out of Trump aide's deposition 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 TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE's tax returns, with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump hypes China trade deal as new doubts emerge Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire 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.