Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Tuesday that Democrats will not allow the Department of Justice to sit on any information that could warrant Donald Trump‘s impeachment.
In an interview with MSNBC‘s Chris Hayes, Schiff said, “If the department is to maintain a policy that you can’t indict a sitting president, they cannot also say … we’re not going to share with Congress the evidence that would allow you to consider whether other remedies are necessary.”
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Rep. Schiff said:
You have the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, suggesting that maybe they shouldn’t share with Congress or the country the full report and what it has to say about people not indicted. Well, the Justice Department was sharing hundreds of thousands of pages of discovery in the Clinton email investigation and we are not about to allow them to have some kind of a double standard, particularly when there is such intense public need to know and in addition to that if the department is to maintain a policy that you can’t indict a sitting president, they cannot also say and we’re not going to share with Congress the evidence that would allow you to consider whether other remedies are necessary.
Trump may not face charges, but he can still be impeached
As Rep. Adam Schiff noted, Republicans were eager to see all the non-evidence surrounding the non-scandal of Hillary Clinton‘s personal email use at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Now, when the president of the United States may have conspired with a foreign adversary to win an election, they are working to bury any legitimate dirt that special counsel Robert Mueller may have turned up.
Donald Trump may not be able to be charged while he’s in the White House, but that doesn’t mean the Justice Department can sit on any potential evidence of wrongdoing in Mueller’s final report.
Instead, as Rep. Schiff noted, Congress and the American people deserve to know all the facts so they can explore other remedies to hold him accountable – aka impeachment.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.