Schiff Tells CBS 3 Times, Trump Is Still Threatening to Cheat in 2020 Election

By Susan Jones | February 3, 2020 | 6:11am EST
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) will argue for Trump's removal from office this week. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) will argue for Trump's removal from office this week. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, insisted on Sunday that House Democrats "proved" their case against President Donald Trump, even though the Senate trial is all but certain to end with acquittal.

Schiff also told CBS's "Face the Nation" three times that President Trump will keep trying to cheat, although he was never asked to explain his accusation:

"I think it's enormously important that the country understand exactly what this president did. And we have proved it," Schiff said.

"I also think it's important that the Senate take the next step. Having found him guilty, if indeed that's what they have found, they need to remove him from office, because he is threatening to still cheat in the next election by soliciting foreign interference."

Asked if there is anything he would have done differently in retrospect, Schiff said no:

"Look, there's nothing that I can see that we could have done differently, because, as the senators have already admitted, we proved our case. We proved our case...And for those who would say, well, let's let the voters decide, when the president is trying to cheat in that very election, and they don't want the voters to have the full information, they want the president to continue to be able to cover it up. That's just completely unsatisfactory."

Schiff made a third reference to Trump supposedly cheating in 2020, as he defended the Democrats' decision not to try to compel witness testimony through the courts:

"First of all, if we continued with litigation, as we are doing at this moment with Don McGahn, and we subpoenaed him nine months ago, and we're still nowhere near a final resolution, it would probably be one to two years before we would have had a decision on John Bolton.

"That means the president would have been able to cheat in the next election with impunity, because they could have simply delayed and played out the clock."

Schiff said he believes it was "enormously important" to impeach Trump, "because the country is moving away from its democratic ideals. And I think, by standing up to this president as we have, by making the case to the American people, by exposing his wrongdoing, we are helping to slow the momentum away from our democratic values, until that progress away from democracy can be arrested and we can return to some sense of normalcy and support for the Founders' ideal."

Schiff said he and his fellow House managers will argue this week on why Trump needs to be removed from office: "It will be up to the senators to make that final judgment. And the senators will be held accountable for it," he said.


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