Schiff: 'Too early' to tell if Trump impeachment warranted by Mueller report

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter John Ratcliffe back under consideration by Trump for top intel job Trump says he wants 'no help from any country' in 2020 election MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday did not rule out impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE, saying Congress will "need to consider that remedy" if special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan 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 report contains "overwhelming evidence of criminality" on Trump's part.

Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, added during an interview on ABC's "This Week" that it is "too early to make those judgments."


"It’s really too early to make those judgments. We need to see the report and then we’ll all have a factual basis. … In the absence of those facts, those judgments are impossible to make," he said.

Mueller, who was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, on Friday submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrRepublicans give Barr vote of confidence Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 Key juror questioned in Roger Stone case MORE, marking the end of his two-year probe. The report, which is not yet public, does not recommend additional indictments in the case.

Schiff told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday that, barring a "bombshell" in the report, impeaching Trump should be off the table.

On Sunday, "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos noted that Mueller will not be recommending any future indictments and asked Schiff whether "no new indictments qualify as no bombshell."

"Not necessarily," Schiff responded, noting that it is Department of Justice policy not to indict a sitting president.

"And therefore there could be overwhelming evidence on the obstruction issue. And I don’t know that that’s the case. But if there were overwhelming evidence of criminality on the president’s part, then the Congress would need to consider that remedy if indictment is foreclosed," he added. 

Schiff also maintained that there is “significant evidence of collusion” between Trump and Russia regardless of Mueller's conclusions.

“There's a difference between compelling evidence of collusion and whether the special counsel concludes that he can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the criminal charge of conspiracy,” Schiff said on ABC.

-Updated 10:48 a.m.