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 SchiffA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Officers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he believes the Republican Party has turned into a "cult" of President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.