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 SchiffTrump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims GOP senator plans to ask about Bidens, whistleblower in impeachment trial Parnas asks court for permission to turn over more evidence to Democrats 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 BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies 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 GiulianiLawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet Perry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' Giuliani calls Bolton a 'backstabber' over Ukraine allegations 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.