Schiff: Democrats 'may' take up impeachment proceedings

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

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Schiff pushes back: Defense team knows Trump is guilty MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that Democrats "may" take up impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg 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 MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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 WarrenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial 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.