Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who had led the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, said, “The president doesn’t give a [expletive] about what’s good for the country,” and suggested that some members of Congress are fact witnesses.
Those comments came during a lengthy interview with the New Yorker magazine on Thursday, the same day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked House committees to proceed with articles of impeachment.
In order to justify his remarks, Schiff pointed to a particular exchange between U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and diplomat David Holmes where Sondland told Holmes that the president doesn’t care about Ukraine but only “the big stuff.”
“That says it all,” Schiff told The New Yorker’s Susan B. Glasser. “The president doesn’t give a [expletive] about what’s good for our country, what’s good for Ukraine. It’s all about what’s in it for him personally and for his re-election campaign.”
Schiff dismissed allegations related to his panel’s dealings with the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint kicked off the impeachment inquiry, rejecting Republican calls for him to testify as a “fact witness.”
Where’s the Fake Whistleblower? Where’s Whistleblower number 2? Where’s the phony informer who got it all wrong?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2019
“There are members of Congress who may be fact witnesses. I’m not one of them,” Schiff said, apparently in reference to the Intelligence Committee’s Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
Schiff’s decision to obtain and publish the phone records of Nunes, the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, journalist John Solomon, and others raised questions about his credibility and may put him in a precarious position.
“I think the whole idea he is looking into who the president’s attorney was speaking to raises huge issues on attorney-client privilege,” former CIA analyst and current Center for Security Policy president and CEO Fred Fleitz told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “What was the right that Schiff had to do this? An attorney would have to have special permission. Schiff thinks he operates under other rules. … This is abuse of authority. It’s abuse of office.”
House Democrats continue to push their impeachment forward with hearings that keep rolling into House Judiciary Committee, the next hearing is slated on Monday. President Trump urged Democrats to speed up the performance and insisted that he wanted to have Schiff, Pelosi, and former Vice President Joe Biden testify in the Senate trial.
“If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business,” the president tweeted.