House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday defended obtaining phone records in the House’s impeachment inquiry, saying only “the far right” has raised objections.
“The blowback has only come from the far right,” Schiff told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.” “Every investigator seeks phone records to corroborate and sometimes to contradict a witness’s testimony,” he added.
Schiff also clarified that the committee had not subpoenaed call records for the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), saying “that is simply false information being pushed by the president’s allies.”
“The fact that Mr. Nunes or [Rudy] Giuliani or others show up in this scheme doesn’t make them irrelevant, doesn’t give them a pass,” he added.
Schiff declined to say exactly what articles of impeachment the House would file, but said, “I can tell you as a former prosecutor it’s always been my strategy in a charging decision, an and an impeachment in the House is essentially a charging decision, to charge those that there’s the strongest and most overwhelming evidence and not try to charge everything even though you could charge other things.”
The Intelligence Committee chairman declined to say whether information from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report would potentially be included in articles of impeachment, saying only “there is overwhelming evidence the president tried to coerce Ukraine into interfering in our elections, essentially sought to cheat in our next election- it’s a gross abuse of his office.”
“I think we should be focus on those issues that provide the greatest threat to the country [such as] when the president is engaged in a course of conduct that threatens the integrity of the next election,” he added.