Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Wednesday that his committee has begun investigating the possibility that Russians may have laundered money through the Trump Organization.
During an appearance on MSNBC, Schiff spoke about the next steps for those investigating the president’s alleged ties to Russia.
The California representative argued that even if special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report does not reveal crimes that could lead to Trump’s impeachment, Congress could find other “grounds for removal from office” if his investigation uncovers damning details about the president and his businesses.
“If there’s insufficient evidence in the Mueller report and we’re not able to produce sufficient evidence in our own investigation, that ends the inquiry,” Schiff explained. “There may be grounds for removal from office or there may be grounds for indictment after he leaves office that the Congress discovers.”
“One of the issues that we are looking at, which the Mueller report may not cover, is whether the Russians were laundering money through the Trump Organization,” he continued. “Our predominant concern to my committee is, Was this president—is this president—compromised by a foreign power?”
Schiff’s remarks came after Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told The Washington Post in an interview published Monday that she is “not for impeachment,” arguing Trump is “just not worth it.”
“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi noted that she believed the president was “ethically” and “intellectually” unfit for the office.
“I think the country is worth it. I think the Constitution is worth it, and I don’t place my word in a person who happens to be causing harm to society,” Representative Al Green, a Texas Democrat, said in response to the Speaker’s comments. Green has previously forced two impeachment votes against the president that have failed.
….a man who is considered by many to be the President with the most successful first two years in history, especially when he has done nothing wrong and impeachment is for “high crimes and misdemeanors”?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan, said this week that she planned to move forward with introducing a House resolution to “begin investigating the impeachable offenses” of the president.
“That doesn’t mean we’re voting on it,” she clarified. “It means we’re beginning the process to look at some of these alleged claims of impeachable offenses.”