Schiff: I 'hope to hell' I would have voted to impeach Obama if he had committed same actions as Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffIn our 'Bizarro World' of 2020 politics, the left takes a wrong turn Greenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox Hillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that he hopes “to hell” that he would have voted to impeach former President Obama if he was found to have engaged in the same conduct President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE is charged with in the impeachment articles brought against him. 

He made the comment during an appearance on ABC’s "This Week” on Sunday morning, during which he accused congressional Republicans of “placing this president above their oath of office” as a number of them continue to defend Trump’s dealings with the Ukraine that were at the center of an impeachment inquiry. 

"What has really changed between now and Watergate isn't the nature of the president's conduct,” Schiff said in the discussion with ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosAll fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus MORE, according to NBC News.


“If anything, this president's conduct is far worse than anything Nixon did, far more sweeping in its obstruction of accountability, far more damaging to our national security than the cover-up that was Watergate," he continued. "The question is, why are Republicans placing this president above their oath of office?"

Schiff went on to say during the interview that he doesn’t think there would be any question that the same Republicans supporting Trump amid the impeachment probe would have voted to impeach Obama if the roles were reversed.

"I don't think any of us have any question that had Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Health Care: Trump testing czar says rise in cases is real | Obama rips Trump's pandemic response | CDC: Increasing numbers of adults say they wear masks Trump calls Fox 'disappointing' for airing Obama speech Trump blasts Obama speech for Biden as 'fake' after Obama hits Trump's tax payments MORE engaged in the activity, the conduct which is the subject of these articles of impeachment, every one of these Republicans would be voting to impeach him," Schiff said. 

"And you know something, I have to hope to hell, George, if it were Barack Obama, I would vote to impeach him,” he added. 

Eleven weeks after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Trump says stimulus deal will happen after election | Holiday spending estimates lowest in four years | Domestic workers saw jobs, hours plummet due to COVID Hoyer lays out ambitious Democratic agenda for 2021, with health care at top CNN won't run pro-Trump ad warning Biden will raise taxes on middle class MORE (D-Calif.) announced the formal launch of the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings in Ukraine, House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against him at a press conference last week.


The two articles, which charge the president with obstruction of justice and abuse of power, followed weeks of investigation by lawmakers into whether Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for the announcement of politically favorable investigations. Trump has strongly denied the accusations.

The House is scheduled to vote on the impeachment articles next week. If the Democratic-led chamber votes to pass the articles, Trump will be impeached. A trial will then take place in the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority. If, at the result of that trial, Trump is found guilty of the charges brought against him, he will be removed from office.

When speaking on Sunday about the possibility that Trump would be acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial if it comes to it, Schiff said that the potential outcome would not spell a “failure” for Democrats.

"No, it isn't a failure,” Schiff said. “At least it's not a failure in the sense of our constitutional duty in the House."