Schiff: If WH Tries to Stonewall, We’ll Consider It ‘Further Evidence of Obstruction of Justice’

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By Melanie Arter | October 3, 2019 | 11:21 AM EDT

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( – Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday that if the White House attempts to stonewall the committee’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukraine inquiry like they did other committees in the past, it will be “considered further evidence of obstruction of justice,” which Schiff noted was an article of impeachment against former President Richard Nixon.

A reporter asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) whether the House plans a full vote on the impeachment inquiry, to which Pelosi said, “There’s no requirement that there be a floor vote. That’s not anything that is excluded, and by the way, there’s some Republicans they’re very nervous about our bringing that vote to the floor.”

The reporter asked Schiff whether he is preparing for a court battle to compel the White House to turn over evidence in the impeachment inquiry and how does he make sure that it happens in an expeditious manner.



“We are concerned that the White House will attempt to stone wall our investigation much as they have stonewalled other committees in the past. It’s why I say the White House needs to understand that any action like that that forces us to litigate or have to consider litigation will be considered further evidence of obstruction of justice, and of course that was an article of impeachment against Nixon – the obstruction of the lawful functions of Congress that is,” Schiff said.

“We will also draw the inference though as appropriate that they are trying to conceal facts that would corroborate the allegations in the whistleblower complaint. So we’ll have to decide whether to litigate or how to litigate. We’re not fooling around here though,” he said.

“We don’t want this to drag on months and months and months, which appears to be the administration’s strategy, so they just need to know that even as they try to undermine our ability to find the facts around the president’s effort to coerce a foreign leader to create dirt that he can use against a political opponent, that they will be strengthening the case on obstruction if they behave that way,” the chairman added.



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