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 SchiffHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Kasich says he'd back impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: White House does damage control after Mulvaney remarks MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's House testimony, Democrats who support impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS 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.

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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.