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 SchiffSchiff blasts DOJ over memo on withholding Trump tax returns Schiff blasts DOJ over memo on withholding Trump tax returns Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data 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 TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE's tax returns, with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSchiff blasts DOJ over memo on withholding Trump tax returns Schiff blasts DOJ over memo on withholding Trump tax returns On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill 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.