Schiff: Trump 'has to be defeated' in 2020

Schiff: Trump 'has to be defeated' in 2020
© Greg Nash

President Trump “has to be defeated,” in the 2020 presidential election, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), said Sunday.

“I don’t think this country could survive another four years of a president like this who gets up every day trying to find new and inventive ways to divide us,” Schiff said on ABC's "This Week."

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“He doesn’t seem to understand that a fundamental aspect of his job is to try to make us a more perfect union.  But that’s not at all where he’s coming from. And he’s going to be defeated.  He has to be defeated because I don’t know how much more our democratic institutions can take of this kind of attack on the rule of law.”

Schiff has been one of the most vocal critics of Trump and has been at the forefront of House investigations into Trump’s personal finances and whether he and his aides are compromised by foreign governments.

Trump in kind, has made Schiff a frequent target of his criticism and called on him to resign.

Schiff said in the same interview that he considers it obstruction of justice that Trump is blocking congressional oversight, a move that  “does add weight to” Democrats' calls for impeachment.

He added, however, that it may be Trump's "perverse way of dividing us more.”

“It's certainly true that these additional acts of obstruction, a president having obstructed the Justice Department investigation, now obstructing Congress, does add weight to impeachment,” Schiff said. “But you know, part of our reluctance is we are already a bitterly divided country and an impeachment process will divide us further.”