Adam Schiff: Trump's Impeachable Offenses Include 'Bribery, High Crimes'
Hearings prepare to go live on TV with its first witnesses
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he believes President Donald Trump's possible impeachable offenses include 'bribery, high crimes, and misdemeanors.'
Speaking to NPR on Tuesday, Schiff said:
"'On the basis of what the witnesses have had to say so far, there is any number of potentially impeachable offenses: including bribery, including high crimes and misdemeanors."
"The basic allegations against the president are that he sought foreign interference in a U.S. election, that he conditioned official acts on the performance of these political favors."
"Those official acts include a White House meeting that the president of Ukraine desperately sought with President Trump, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded military assistance for a country that is at war with Russia and a country that the United States has a deep national security interest in making sure it can defend itself."
Pelosi said, "the president must be held accountable" for the "betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and the betrayal of the integrity of our elections."
The impeachment inquiry came after a 'whistleblower' claimed Trump improperly withheld security money as leverage to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rival, Joe Biden.
"I've always thought that the strongest argument for impeachment was also the strongest argument against it, which is: If you don't impeach a president who commits conduct of this kind, what does that say to the next president about what they can do and to the next Congress?" Schiff said.
"At the same time, if you do impeach, but the president is acquitted, what does that say to the next president? The next Congress? There's no good or simple answer."
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The hearings are due to start at 10 am on Wednesday and continue into next week, with witnesses giving their first public testimony on whether Trump pressured Ukraine to target Biden.
Is impeachment dead on arrival?
On Wednesday, Schiff's star witness began shredding the anti-Trump Steele dossier during her testimony.
Hill, who served as the White House’s top adviser on Russia until July, centered a portion of her October 14 closed-door testimony around the infamous anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Steele, according to The Daily Caller.