Democrats look to next steps in impeachment

Democrats look to next steps in impeachment
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 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 SchiffDemocrats seek leverage for trial Pence's office denies Schiff request to declassify call with Ukrainian leader Comey, Schiff to be interviewed by Fox's Chris Wallace 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 Pelosi town hall finishes third in cable news ratings race, draws 1.6M Defense secretary fires Navy chief over SEAL war crimes case Democrats look to next steps in impeachment 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 SwalwellLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week 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) WallaceComey, Schiff to be interviewed by Fox's Chris Wallace Chris Wallace: Allegations against Trump 'far broader than the Clinton impeachment' Fox's Chris Wallace: IG report headline is 'It didn't find the things that Bill Barr and Donald Trump alleged' MORE on “Fox News Sunday.”

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe MORE (D-Minn.) called Trump’s attempts to persuade Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play 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 StephanopoulosBooker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose' Judiciary Democrat says House should focus on Ukraine, avoid Mueller report in articles of impeachment Impeachment can't wait 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 HimesPelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers This week: Impeachment inquiry moves to Judiciary Committee Juan Williams: Trump has nothing left but smears 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 ConwayGrocery store behind viral reusable bag at impeachment hearing offers 'free briefcase' promotion Watchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe GOP counsel raises eyebrows with shopping bag at impeachment hearing 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.