Schiff: 'Nothing' Democrats could have 'done differently' in impeachment probe

Schiff: 'Nothing' Democrats could have 'done differently' in impeachment probe
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Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe 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 House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate MORE (D-Calif.), the lead House manager in President Trump's Senate trial, said Sunday that there is nothing Democrats could have done differently during the impeachment process. 

Ahead of the Senate’s likely vote to acquit President Trump on Wednesday, Schiff defended Democrats’ methods and said that he and his colleagues “proved” their case. 

“Look, there's nothing that I can see that we could have done differently because as the senators have already admitted, we proved our case. We proved our case,” Schiff said on CBS's “Face the Nation.” 

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“Now, the president's lawyers have said time and again, I think, hoping through sheer repetition to make something true that is in fact untrue, that the process in this impeachment was different than in Nixon and Clinton,” he added. “In fact, the president had the same due process rights, which he did not avail himself of in this process as in the prior ones.”

Schiff said the  argument is “not an excuse that should be used by any senator for not fulfilling their obligation to hold a fair trial.”

“They're not spectators. They have control over the proceedings,” Schiff said of senators. 

CBS’s Margaret Brennan asked Schiff if it was a “misstep” to drop the subpoenas of some witnesses, including for former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE, during the House inquiry. 

Schiff said it “wasn’t at all,” noting that it could have been a couple of years before courts reached a decision on Bolton. 

“That means the president would have been able to cheat in the next election with impunity because they could have simply delayed and played out the clock,” he responded. 

“While the president's lawyers are ... in the Senate court, saying the House should have made more efforts to overcome our obstructionism, they're making that remarkable argument, in court on the very same day they were making that argument, ... saying, 'Judge, you can't hear this case to compel Don McGahn to testify because you're not empowered to enforce congressional subpoenas,' ” he continued. “So they're arguing out of both sides of their mouth. The senators could see that. The senators should not allow them to get away with that.”

Only two Republicans joined Democrats in voting for a measure to consider calling new witnesses as part of the impeachment trial. A final vote on Trump’s removal will be held on Wednesday. 

Trump will likely be acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.