Adam Schiff: President Trump Cares About What's Good for Him, not US

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2019

The New Yorker on Friday published an interview with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

"That says it all", Schiff reportedly said.

The probe is focusing on a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter and into a discredited theory promoted by Trump and his allies that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, meddled in the 2016 US election.

The decision came in a letter from White House counsel Pat Cipollone ahead of a Friday evening deadline set by the Democratic chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY.

Democrats accuse Trump of abusing his power "for his own personal political benefit at the expense of United States national security by withholding military aid and a crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for the announcement of an investigation into his political rival", as the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, put it on Thursday.

Nadler's committee is to meet starting Monday to review the evidence from investigators and decide whether to charge Trump with abuse of power, bribery and obstruction. "Having declined this opportunity, he can not claim that the process is unfair".

The White House had faced a Friday evening deadline to inform the House Judiciary Committee whether it meant to have legal representation at a hearing scheduled for Monday that will focus on the recently released House Intelligence Committee report outlining its findings against Trump.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a second hearing on December 9, which will include presentations on the evidence that has been collected thus far.

On Wednesday, three constitutional law experts called by Democratic lawmakers told the committee that Trump had committed impeachable offenses.

Trump, who denied any wrongdoing, thus far has refused to cooperate with the inquiry and ordered current and former administration officials not to testify or provide documents demanded by Democratic-led House committees.

Republicans have accused the Democrats of rushing the impeachment process and not giving Trump sufficient opportunity to defend himself.

If the House passes the articles of impeachment as expected, the Senate would hold a trial on whether to convict Trump and remove him from office. Republicans control the Senate and have shown little support for his removal. Republican Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 after the House began the process in the Watergate corruption scandal.

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