Schiff would support impeachment if White House ignores a final court decision on documents, testimony

Schiff would support impeachment if White House ignores a final court decision on documents, testimony
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House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Schiff: Diplomacy with Iran 'only way out of this situation' Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he would support impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE if the White House defies a final court ruling requesting documents and testimony.

"We may get there- a third of our caucus is there- what would get me to that point is if we get to a final court decision compelling the administration to provide testimony and documents and they refuse, then I think we’re in a full-blown constitutional crisis,” Schiff said. “I may get there before that point… but at this point I’m not prepared to recommend it.”


Schiff noted he currently does not support impeachment proceedings, echoing Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence says it's 'vital' for Congress to pass US-Mexico-Canada trade deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE (D-Calif.), who has consistently opposed impeachment proceedings and urged congressional Democrats to let various House investigations into Trump’s administration and businesses play out.

Support for impeaching Trump has grown among Democratic voters in recent months, with a poll last week indicating 67 percent support proceedings, up eight points from April, coming shortly after Trump told ABC News he would “maybe” call the FBI if offered damaging information from a foreign country on an opponent.

Last week, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) became the second Democrat in the House representing a swing district to come out in favor of impeachment. More than 60 House Democrats have endorsed impeachment proceedings thus far.

“It's been a slow increase but nonetheless an increase,” Schiff said last Tuesday. “Every member has to make an individual determination about what they think is right for the country.”