Schiff: 'Republican Party has turned itself into a cult' of Trump's personality

Schiff: 'Republican Party has turned itself into a cult' of Trump's personality

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats seek leverage for trial Pence's office denies Schiff request to declassify call with Ukrainian leader Comey, Schiff to be interviewed by Fox's Chris Wallace MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he believes the Republican Party has turned into a "cult" of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE's personality and that GOP lawmakers likely wouldn't act in accordance with their Constitutional obligations. 

Schiff made the comments on ABC's "This Week" while discussing the things Democrats should recognize while considering launching an impeachment inquiry. 


"In terms of the impeachment process, it’s not mandated by the Constitution," Schiff said. "We can avail ourselves of this when the president demonstrates acts that are high crimes or misdemeanors. It is certainly true, I think, that much of his conduct qualifies for that, but at the same time, we have to recognize the reality that one party, the Republican Party, has turned itself into a cult of the president's personality and is not likely to act consistent with its constitutional obligations."

"And we have to figure out in that context, is this the right thing for the country, and I’m just not convinced, not yet, that that’s the case," Schiff said. 

Many House Democrats called for the lower chamber to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Trump after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE made a public statement about his investigation last week. 

Mueller's report, which was released in April, did not find sufficient evidence to conclude a conspiracy between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia took place. The report noted that Mueller could not reach a conclusive determination on whether Trump obstructed justice. 

While delivering his first remarks about the probe, Mueller said that if the special counsel's office had "confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so."

Mueller said he did not want to testify before Congress about his investigation, which Schiff said he was "disappointed" by. 

"I think he has one last service to perform," he said. "It’s not enough merely to speak for 10 minutes and say, 'I’m not going to answer questions for the Congress and the American people.'"

Schiff added that there are "a great many things" not included in the report that the House would like to question Mueller about.