Democrats look to next steps in impeachment

Democrats look to next steps in impeachment
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump anti-reg push likely to end up in court Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE’s critics and allies discussed the next phase of the House’s impeachment inquiry on Sunday after two weeks of testimony concluded Thursday.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGrenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts Democrats call for probe into ouster of State Dept. watchdog GOP lawmakers say they don't want to put Steve King back on committees MORE (D-Calif.) said he wanted to hear from his constituents before making a decision on the next stage of the inquiry.

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"I want to discuss this with my constituents and colleagues before I make a final judgment on this," Schiff told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN's Jake Tapper slams 'Trump's unprecedented war on accountability' Ron Johnson says he's not 'crying big crocodile tears' over firing of State Department IG HHS secretary points to 'unhealthy comorbidities' when asked about high coronavirus death rate in US MORE on “State of the Union.”

"At the end of the day this is a decision about [what] the founding fathers had in mind...I have to think this is very much central to what they were concerned about, that is an unethical man or woman takes this office and uses it for own political gain," Schiff added.

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGrenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump visits a ventilator plant in a battleground state Swalwell launching voter registration push MORE (D-Calif.), meanwhile, defended the pace of the inquiry even as the fight to compel testimony from some witnesses remains tied up in court.

“Most importantly the president invoked an upcoming election – there’s an urgency to make sure the election and the ballot box have integrity, and if he’s asking a foreign government to interfere, we are on the clock to make sure that election is protected,” Swalwell told anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceArkansas governor: 'We take the virus very seriously' but 'you can't cloister yourself at home' Birx: 'I'm very concerned when people go out and don't maintain social distancing' Chris Wallace debunks Trump: No record of massive or serious fraud from mail-in voting MORE on “Fox News Sunday.”

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharPoll: Biden leads Trump by 5 points in Minnesota The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US death toll nears 100,000 as country grapples with reopening It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Minn.) called Trump’s attempts to persuade Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel What does Joe Biden believe about NASA, space exploration and commercial space? MORE “the global version of Watergate.”

“When you think back to Watergate, they didn’t close their eyes when a paranoid president, who was up for election and looking for dirt on a political opponent, got involved with having people break into an office and steal information on their opponents from a filing cabinet,” Klobuchar told ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSanders pushes back on doubts supporters will back Biden Sunday shows - Trump trade adviser knocks Obama, whistleblower, CDC Navarro says whistleblower 'deserted' in an 'American tragedy' MORE on “This Week.”

“Well, this is the global version of Watergate where a president is trying to get dirt on a political opponent from a world leader,” she added.

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesDemocrats debate how and when to get House back in action Democrats get assurances from Cuccinelli on immigrants, coronavirus care Gaetz wears gas mask on House floor during vote on bill to fight coronavirus MORE (D-Conn.), the number two Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that after the first public hearings, “I don’t think any Democrat in the Congress looked at what happened the last two weeks and said ‘gosh, there’s nothing there.’”

“One thing is true: every single day and every single piece of testimony brought up new information,” Himes told CBS’ Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.”

Counselor to the President Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayJuan Williams: Anti-Trump Republicans flex their muscle George Conway group targets Tillis's loyalty to Trump in new ad George Conway group launches campaign to gin up GOP and independent support for Biden MORE, meanwhile, touted polling showing declining support for impeachment, telling Brennan numerous Democrats who represent districts that voted for Trump “have to go back home and say ‘I know I promised to lower your drug prices, I know I promised to keep the great economy going… but we’re impeaching the president.’”

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) told Wallace, following testimony by ex-National Security Council official Fiona Hill, that “I don’t know, nor do you, nor do any of us” whether Russia or Ukraine was behind the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee.