Adam Schiff Still Not Pulling Trigger on Impeachment: ‘First Priority’ is Robert Mueller Testifying to Congress


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says he is still not convinced the path forward is to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, “the first priority has to be getting [Robert] Mueller to testify before the Congress.”

Schiff was asked by ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday if he stands by an op-ed Schiff published in the New York Times last year that cautioned Democrats in Congress against beginning impeachment proceedings before reading the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the election.

“We have the Mueller report now, but we still haven’t heard from the man himself,” Schiff told Stephanopoulos. “I think the first priority has to be get Mueller before the Congress and the American people.”

“We are already a bitterly divided country and the impeachment process will divide us further, Schiff noted. He was echoing a point he made last year in his op-ed for the NYT:

“Impeachment is an extraordinary remedy, not to be entertained lightly, and in the case of a president, would mean putting the country through a deeply wrenching process.”

“Once we get started [on impeachment], it’s like pushing a boulder off a cliff,” Schiff said. “It gathers a momentum of its own until it hits rock bottom – which is the Senate.”

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