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Rep. Adam Schiff Warns On Impeachment: Dems Shouldn’t Be Talking About and Embracing It

On State of the Union on Sunday morning, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told host Jake Tapper that Democrats should be more careful with their impeachment hopes.

Tapper started by pointing out that Schiff had previously argued that impeachment of President Trump would be a more difficult path than some were ready to accept, but added that some Democrats now feel they have grounds for that impeachment. He prompted Schiff to respond to whether or not Democrats should be talking so much about impeachment prior to the midterms.

“I think as a matter of our constitutional responsibility we have to look candidly at what is the evidence and what does that mean and what does that say in terms of whether we’ve reached the point of high crimes and misdemeanors,” he said. “But I don’t think we should be talking about it and embracing it before we have seen the full body of evidence. As a former prosecutor I like to know all the facts before I make a judgment.”

Schiff added that impeachment is a “political standard,” meaning that it is dependent upon those in the political bodies of Congress who decide whether something is or is not a reason to impeach. “Given the dearth of people in the GOP who are willing to say anything about this president’s conduct, I think you’re going to need a really powerful case to entertain that kind of a sanction,” he said.

Schiff related the discussion back to the biggest news of the weekend, the passing of Republican Senator John McCain, a frequent and vocal critic of Donald Trump.

“Look what happened after the president started attacking his own attorney general for not getting rid of Bob Mueller and persecuting his political rivals,” he said. “You had two prominent GOP senators say, well, if he wants to get rid of the AG we will help him get a new one, but let’s wait until after the midterms. That is not something you would have ever heard John McCain say.”

“I was proud to see [Republican Senator] Ben Sasse take issue with that,” he added. “That was very John McCain-like. We need people like John McCain now more than ever.”

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.

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