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“My Republican colleagues, all they seem to be upset about with this is not that the president sought an investigation of his political rival, not that he withheld a White House meeting and $400 million in aid we all passed in a bipartisan basis to pressure Ukraine to do those investigations. Their objection is that he got caught. Their objection is that someone blew the whistle, and they would like this whistleblower identified, and the president wants this whistleblower punished. That’s their objection. Not that the president engaged in this conduct, but that he got caught.”
— House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, quoted by The Week.
“A president of the United States encouraging a foreign nation to interfere again to help his campaign by investigating a rival is a fundamental breach of the presidential oath.”
— House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) told reporters that President Trump’s call for China to investigate Joe Biden is “repugnant” and “ought to be condemned by every member” of Congress, Axios reports.
“Let’s not make any mistake here. The president wants to make this all about the whistleblower, and suggests people that come forward with evidence of his wrongdoing are somehow treasonous and should be treated as traitors and spies. This is a blatant effort to intimidate a witness. It’s an incitement of violence.”
— House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) condemning President Trump’s tweets demanding to “meet” the Ukraine whistleblower as “a blatant effort to intimidate witnesses” and “an incitement of violence,” Axios reports.
“I believe that there is an effort to prevent this information getting to Congress. And if the assertion is accurate … then at one level or another, it likely involves either the president or people around him.”
— House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), quoted by CBS News, on the White House trying to stifle a whistleblower complaint.
“It is certainly true that much of his conduct qualifies for that, but at the same time we have to recognize the reality that one party, the Republican Party, has turned itself into a cult of the president’s personality and is not likely to act consistent with its constitutional obligations.”
— House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), quoted by Axios, on impeaching President Trump.
“I think Bill Barr has all the duplicity of Rudy Giuliani without all the good looks and general likability of Rudy Giuliani.”
— House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), quoted by Politico.
“I can understand why the idea of meaningful oversight terrifies the President. Several of his close associates are going to jail, others await trial, and criminal investigations continue.”
— House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), on Twitter.
“We believe other witnesses were untruthful before our committee. We want to share those transcripts with Mr. Mueller.”
— Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), quoted by ABC News, calling for the release of transcripts of sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in their investigation of Trump campaign collusion with Russia.
“Many of us could see that Donald Trump was going to be a very poor president. What we couldn’t see is many people would be complicit in that.”
— Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), in an interview with the Rachel Maddow Show.