Rep. Adam Schiff, president of the House Intelligence Service, says accusation & # 39; the only cure & # 39; can be & # 39; equal to & # 39; evil of the crime when President Donald Trump put Ukraine under pressure to investigate rival Joe Biden.
Schiff, a close ally of the home state speaker Nancy Pelosi, has mainly tried to avoid the accusation process while investigating Trump on multiple fronts – including participation in a joint probe of Trump's July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine.
But on Sunday, with Trump actually admitting that he raised the issue of investigating Biden, who described Trump as fighting & # 39; corruption & # 39 ;, Schiff indicated that his opinion had shifted.
& # 39; If the president is basically withholding military aid and trying to defeat a foreign leader to do something illegal, to defile his opponent during a presidential campaign, then that may be the only remedy that is equal to evil that represents behavior, & Schiff said.
If President Trump threatened to withhold military assistance from Ukraine to have Joe Biden investigate, deposition could be the only remedy equivalent to the evil that represents behavior, rep. Adam Schiff
& # 39; I am very reluctant to walk the path of deposition, & # 39; Schiff said about the & # 39; State of the Union & # 39; from CNN.
& # 39; This would be an extraordinary cure in the last instance, not initially & # 39 ;, he said. Schiff followed the Republican Rep. James Rogan, who served as one of the House's impeachment managers in the trial of former President Bill Clinton.
Schiff's comments came after Trump's comments to reporters about his phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
& # 39; The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all the corruption that took place and largely the fact that we don't want our people like Vice President Biden and his son to create the corruption already in Ukraine, & # 39; he said .
President Donald Trump said he & # 39; no pressure & # 39; exercised on Ukraine
Trump acknowledged that he had raised Joe Biden and Hunter Biden during a telephone conversation with the Ukrainian president
Utah GOP Senator Mitt Romney said it was & # 39; extremely difficult & # 39; would be if Trump put pressure on the Ukrainian president to investigate the Bidens
If the Trump administration blocks a whistleblower's account, & # 39; they will enter a new chapter of lawlessness that will take us to a whole new phase of investigation & # 39 ;, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Sunday
Pelosi has made her own strict remark: & If the government continues to block this whistleblower to reveal a serious potential violation of the constitutional duties by the president to Congress, they will enter a serious new chapter of lawlessness that will to bring a whole new chapter phase of research.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the presidential candidate of the GOP 2012, who denounced Trump during the 2016 campaign, weighed a tweet on Sunday.
& # 39; If the president were to ask or pressurize the president of Ukraine to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal lawyer, this would be extremely worrying, & # 39; said Romney.
If house democrats pursued accusation articles in the house, the president would ultimately face a trial in the senate.
Trump defended his behavior while asking questions from reporters at the UN on Monday morning while invading Biden again.
& # 39; We had a perfect phone call with the President of Ukraine. Everyone knows it's just a democrat witch hunt, & said Trump, reviving his terminology for the Russian probe.
& # 39; There we go again. They failed with Russia, they failed with a recession. They failed with everything. And now they are bringing this up, & said Trump.
& # 39; The person who has the problem is Biden. If you look at what Biden did, Biden did what they wanted me to do, except the only problem, I didn't. What Biden did is a shame. What his son did is a shame, & T 39 said.
& # 39; The son took money from Ukraine, the son took money from China, a lot of money from China. China would love to see it, they wouldn't think of anything they'd rather see than that Biden would step in because they'll take this great deal we're going to make, and they'd really have a deal for themselves. Just let me tell you what Biden was wrong, & he added.
Later on Monday, Trump said of Ukraine: & # 39; I am not exerting any pressure on them. & # 39;
He then allowed: & # 39; [I] ccould have. I think it would probably have been good if I had done that but I have not put any pressure on it. & # 39;
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump told Zelensky eight times in a call on July 25 to investigate Hunter Biden.
In July, the White House also decided to hold $ 250 million in security assistance to Ukraine. Democrats have warned of a possible quid-pro-quo, although there is no evidence that Trump mentioned the security help in the July 25 telephone conversation.
Trump also seemed to confirm that it was appropriate to link US security assistance to Ukraine to his anti-corruption work.
& # 39; If you are not talking about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt? & # 39; Trump said. & # 39; One of the reasons the new president was chosen because he wanted to stop corruption. So it is very important that you sometimes talk about corruption with someone, very important. & # 39;
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