Schiff: Pro-impeachment Democrats feel 'stronger' after Mueller hearing

Schiff: Pro-impeachment Democrats feel 'stronger' after Mueller hearing
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's House testimony, Democrats who support impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE feel "stronger."

"Those that are ready to pull the trigger and say let's begin the impeachment feel that their hand is even stronger after this hearing," Schiff said in a CNN interview.


Asked what was different after the hearing, Schiff said that Americans got to hear from the man who did the investigation. 

"I think hearing that from the man who did the work was powerful," he said. 

He did not directly answer a question about whether he personally was closer to supporting impeachment, saying that he did not expect new facts from the hearing. 

Schiff said the hearing was not about "optics," but rather what was said about President Trump's behavior, which he described as "unethical, unpatriotic, wrong and criminal"

Mueller testified Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. He repeated during the hearing that his team did not "reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime" but said that Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice after he leaves office.

More than 90 lawmakers have called for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.