Schiff: Impeachment 'may be the only remedy' if Trump pushed Ukraine for dirt on Biden

Schiff: Impeachment 'may be the only remedy' if Trump pushed Ukraine for dirt on Biden
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours Trump embarks on Twitter spree amid impeachment inquiry, Syria outrage House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that impeachment "may be the only remedy" if President Trump asked the leader of Ukraine to find dirt on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview Yang cautions Democrats: Impeachment might not be 'successful' Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment MORE, a 2020 Democratic White House hopeful. 

Schiff, who has been reluctant to push for impeachment, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that it "may be that we do have to move forward with that extraordinary remedy" if Trump sought information on Biden. 

"[I] want the country to understand this is the last resort," Schiff said.

"The president is pushing us down this road," he added.

Schiff said he has demanded a copy of a whistleblower's complaint reportedly centered on the call between Trump and a foreign leader in order to release its contents. 

The Wall Street Journal reported the president asked Ukraine's leader to investigate Biden's son's past dealings in the country. No evidence has emerged to suggest Biden acted with his son's interests in mind with regard to his dealings with Ukraine. 

Trump has said that he won't discuss his call with Ukraine's president, and the White House refuses to release a transcript or the whistleblower complaint. 

"Clearly, the president is afraid for the public to see either one of those things," Schiff said on Sunday, adding that House Democrats will make sure the public does see them.

The president's attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Overnight Energy: Trump taps deputy energy secretary to replace Perry | Praises pick Dan Brouillette as 'total professional' | Perry denies quid pro quo over Ukraine Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump MORE had previously admitted having called Ukraine about investigating Biden, but Schiff said on Sunday the allegations over Trump's direct call are more alarming. 

"It's one thing when done by the court jester, another when done by the king," Schiff said.