Schiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure'

Schiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure'
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Outrage grows as Justice seeks to contain subpoena fallout Senate Judiciary begins investigation into DOJ lawmaker subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE’s potential acquittal in a Senate impeachment trial would not signal a “failure” for House Democrats.

"No, it isn't a failure,” Schiff told ABC’s “This Week.” “At least it's not a failure in the sense of our constitutional duty in the House."

ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosFacebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' Collins 'optimistic' Jan. 6 commission can pass Senate with modifications MORE noted that Schiff had indicated earlier this year that he was hesitant to move forward with an ultimately “failed impeachment.”

The California representative acknowledged his previous remarks, saying he “resisted going down this road” but added his discovery of Trump’s attempts as a candidate and as president to utilize foreign interference to influence elections convinced him to push for impeachment.

The final straw for Schiff, he said, was that Trump made his call to the Ukrainian president the day after former special counsel Bob Mueller testified on his Russia investigation in front of the House.

“That told me the president believes he is above the law and accountable to no one and that this road was necessary, and I think it very much is,” Schiff said.

The chairman added that he is confident that the House will vote to impeach the president this week. The articles of impeachment moved to the House floor after passing the Judiciary Committee on a party line vote last week.