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 SchiffFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says inviting Russia to G7 'a question of common sense' Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act Dershowitz: Does President Trump have power to declare martial law? 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 StephanopoulosPelosi: Presidents should not 'fuel the flame' National security adviser defends Trump tweets: The president 'wants to de-escalate violence' Sanders pushes back on doubts supporters will back Biden 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.