Schiff: Impeachment Not Just About Phone Call: It's About Standing Up to 'That Terrible Man'

By Susan Jones | December 13, 2019 | 9:18am EST
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

( - Democrats have come up with two non-criminal articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in their attempt to remove a president they despise from the Oval Office.

Yes, it's about the July 25 phone call and Trump's failure to cooperate with Congress. But those are just the means to stop "a terrible man" who has done so much else that Democrats oppose.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told CBS's Stephen Colbert Thursday night:

Let me just say this, because you bring up a very important point about Giuliani being in Ukraine this week. This is not just about prior conduct. It's not just about, although it would be more than enough, the president's inviting Russia to interfere, then trying to coerce Ukraine to interfere.

It is about what is going on today, as the president and his allies continue to try to invite foreign interference in our election. It never stopped. It never will stop unless we put an end to it. And, so, this is a continuing risk to our democracy.

Today, you know, as we sit here, the markup continues, and we are hearing astounding things from Republican members who are saying, it's okay to solicit foreign interference in an election, things I never would have imagined I would ever hear either party say.

And, you know, for me, participating in this hearing, watching these hearings, I have to say, you know, for some of our members who are defending the Constitution, it is their finest hour. But for others who are willfully blinding themselves to this president's misconduct, it is the most shameful hour.

And I wonder how they're going to explain one day when their grandchild comes to them and says, grand-dad, grand-mom, please tell me what you did when that unethical man, that terrible man, that man who was putting people in cages, dividing our country, extorting our allies, please tell me what you did to stand up to that man. What will their answer be? For all too many, it will be nothing except shame.


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