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 SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton 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 BidenTrump renews culture war, putting GOP on edge Atlanta mayor says she has tested positive for COVID-19 Trump downplaying sparks new criticism of COVID-19 response 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 GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down 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.