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Schiff: Investigation 'Isn't Going to End'

But the evidence is already 'overwhelming'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2019 7:26 AM CST
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff gives final remarks during a hearing where former White House national security aide Fiona Hill and David Holmes, a US diplomat in Ukraine, testified before the House Intelligence Committee.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – The House Intelligence Committee may turn over the impeachment process to the House Judiciary Committee soon—but Rep. Adam Schiff says the investigation of President Trump isn't over. The Intelligence committee chairman told CNN on Sunday that the panel is going to move forward with compiling its report, although key witnesses like Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, and John Bolton have not testified. He said the evidence already produced is "overwhelming" and shows serious misconduct by Trump, and he's not willing to "wait months and months while the administration plays a game of rope-a-dope in an effort to try to stall." More:

  • No deadline. Schiff declined to say how long it might take for the panel to finish its impeachment report, saying "we'll take the time that's necessary," the Washington Post reports. He said that while they "may have other deposition and hearings to do," they could be filed as addendums after the report is passed to Judiciary.

  • What happens next. The Intelligence panel could complete its report as soon as this week, which it may have to do if the goal of holding a House vote on impeachment before Christmas is to be reached, the AP reports. After the report is passed to Judiciary, that committee is expected to spend around two weeks holding hearings and voting on articles of impeachment before they are sent to the House floor for consideration.
  • Schiff calls out Bolton. Schiff said the committee would not take former national security adviser John Bolton to court, but said he should have the "courage" to testify. "He will have to explain one day if he maintains that position why he wanted to wait to put it in a book instead of telling the American people what he knew when it really mattered to the country," the Democrat said.
  • Conway questions House vote. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that while the administration is preparing for "both eventualities," she isn't sure the House will vote to send impeachment to a trial in the Senate, Politico reports. "You've got a lot of Democrats wringing their hands that they did not see ... overwhelming, compelling, clear and convincing evidence," she told CBS.
  • Schiff won't say how he'll vote. Despite his leading role in the inquiry, Schiff declined whether he personally would vote in favor of impeaching the president. "I want to discuss this with my constituents and my colleagues before I make a final judgment on it," he said.
  • Impeachment fatigue? The Hill reports that in a worrying sign for Democrats, polls show that impeachment fatigue may be setting in, at least among independent voters. According to FiveThirtyEight's average of national polls, support for impeachment among independents peaked at almost 48% toward the end of October but has now slipped to around 41%.
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