A Democrat who failed to remove the president from office is rumored to be thinking about his next career move.
Speculation is growing that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) could be considering a potential tilt for California attorney general.
Schiff has allegedly started holding talks with California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his supporters about replacing outgoing Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who Joe Biden appointed as his secretary of Health and Human Services.
People “familiar with the matter” revealed Schiff would benefit from moving to state politics because it would give him a chance to replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in the event she decides not to stand for reelection in 2024.
“The attorney general’s job also would better position Schiff, a high-profile Democrat who led the Russia investigation into then-President Trump, to run for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat, should the 87-year-old decide not to run for reelection,” Axios political reporters Hans Nichols and Kadia Goba said.
Schiff has reportedly discussed his career move with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who once considered him a potential successor for ensuring the Democratic Party passes legislation in the House.
“House Democrats would lose a powerful party voice in the U.S. House and temporarily give up a seat in their slim 221-211 majority,” Nichols and Goba said. “Nonetheless, Pelosi has given her approval to Schiff’s bid, a clear sign she thinks she can manage without him.”
When Axios contacted Pelosi and Schiff’s offices, neither of them nor their representatives had confirmed the rumor was true before publication.
Pelosi recently snubbed Schiff, leaving him off her list of newly appointed impeachment managers. She instead appointed Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) as lead impeachment manager for the Democrat-led investigation into whether to impeach President Trump again for so-called incitement of insurrection.
Pelosi believes Raskin, whose 25-year-old son allegedly took his own life on New Year’s Eve, is in a perfect state-of-mind to judge whether the president should be dismissed.
“I have the solemn privilege of naming the managers of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump,” she said in a statement. “It is their constitutional and patriotic duty to present the case for the president’s impeachment and removal.”
The new investigation was announced after hundreds of extremists allegedly stormed the Capitol, smashed windows, vandalized public property, seized offices, and even forced the complete evacuation of both the House and Senate on Jan. 6.
Forty-five GOP senators openly dismissed the second impeachment of President Trump. Only five Republican senators expressed different views. They include GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Neb.), and Patrick Toomey (Pa.).
Such an overwhelming vote of confidence is widely expected to help the previous Oval Office bearer attract another speedy acquittal.
Reuters agrees the former president is likely to be acquitted if the Democratic Party fails to entice enough Republicans to find him guilty of the so-called incitement of insurrection.
If Senate Democrats fail to impeach the former president a second time, they are unlikely to have the opportunity to prevent Trump from standing for election again in 2024.