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 SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran 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 StephanopoulosSchumer declines to say whether Trump executive orders are legal: They don't 'do the job' Meadows defends US COVID-19 testing amid criticism Meadows says White House is 'hopeful' it can announce new coronavirus therapies 'in the coming days' 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.

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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.