Rep. Adam Schiff says impeachment proceedings against President Trump could be a “tool” to get information and evidence that the administration is blocking from Congress https://t.co/WQw5C7PoEr pic.twitter.com/1lXo5BoWpy
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 19, 2019
Sure, let’s use that as the reason. So long as we get started.
Courtesy of The Hill:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) suggested in an interview that aired Sunday that impeachment proceeding against President Trump could be used as an oversight tool to gain information that the House has been seeking.
Schiff said on CBS’s Face the Nation that what could drive impeachment is not the president’s conduct in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, but rather how the administration “is engaging in a maximum obstructionism campaign against Congress.”
“I think that we are seeing more members that recognize that the administration is acting in a lawless fashion, essentially having obstructed justice, is now obstructing Congress and our lawful function.,” he said. “And if we conclude that there’s no other way to do our jobs, no other way to do the oversight, no other way to show the American people what this president has done, his- his unethical and illegal acts as outlined in the Mueller Report, then we may get there.”
“It provides an additional tool,” Schiff said. “We have been gradually escalating the tactics we need to use to get information for the American people.”
“If the only way that we can do our oversight is through an impeachment proceeding then maybe we have to go down that road,” he added. “But I think it’ll be important to show the American people this was a decision made reluctantly.”
The argument that going ahead with impeachment proceedings is useless because the Senate is controlled by the Republicans, ignores the fact that every time Trump is investigated we learn more scandalous things about him, his business, and his administration.
I would argue that after a few months of an impeachment investigation, the Democrats will have plenty of evidence that will force at least some of the Senate Republicans to support removing Trump from office.
If Mitch McConnell sees the writing on the wall and realizes that his reelection is threatened by sitting on his hands, even he would be willing to bring it to a vote.