Schiff: Democrats 'may' take up impeachment proceedings

Schiff: Democrats 'may' take up impeachment proceedings
© Greg Nash

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Trump appeals order siding with House Democrats bank subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that Democrats "may" take up impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE.

Schiff added during an appearance on ABC's "This Week" that impeachment efforts would likely be unsuccessful because Republicans "are willing to carry the president’s water no matter how corrupt or unethical or dishonest the president’s conduct may be."

"It may be that we undertake an impeachment nonetheless. I think what we’re going to decide as a caucus is what is the best thing for the country," Schiff said.

Schiff added during an interview Sunday on "Fox News Sunday" that he plans to "reserve judgment" on impeachment until after Democrats deliberate on the issue.

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"So we will have to decide, do we nonetheless go through an impeachment because to do otherwise would signal that somehow this president’s conduct is OK? … Or do we decide that we’re better off doing the oversight through the context of oversight hearings by the various committees rather than a formal impeachment?" Schiff said.

"That’s going to be a very consequential decision and one that I’m going to reserve judgment on until we have a chance to deliberate about it," he added.

His remarks come after the release last week of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE's report. The more than 400-page document did not uncover evidence to conclude that the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow to influence the 2016 election. However, he concluded in his report that the Trump campaign knew that it would benefit from Russia's illegal efforts to interfere in the election. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Mass.) last week called on the House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump following the report's release.

Warren in particular cited a portion of Mueller's report in which he wrote that Congress has the authority to conduct obstruction of justice investigations, saying that such probes can provide a check if a president is corrupt.