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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
© Aaron Schwartz

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing 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 BidenSuspect in FedEx shooting used two assault rifles he bought legally: police US, China say they are 'committed' to cooperating on climate change DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is 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.

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"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 GiulianiGreitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP Gaetz hires legal counsel amid DOJ probe Georgia lieutenant governor: Giuliani election claims helped lead to new voting law 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.