House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he will not stop investigating President Trump, even after his House committee releases a final report on its current investigation into him.
During an interview on CNN on Monday afternoon, Schiff said he will continue to call in witnesses until he charges the president of a crime.
Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the Washington Examiner reports Schiff said: “Yes, we would love to have the witnesses to come in, but we’re not willing to simply allow them to wait us out, to stall this proceeding when the facts are already overwhelming. We’re going to continue our investigation. We’re going to continue to pursue the documents.”
“Even after you’ve handed in the report, you’re going to continue?” Tapper pressed.
“Yes. Oh, yes,” Schiff answered. “The investigation isn’t going to end.”
"Investigation isn’t going to end"@AdamSchiff revealed that he would not stop investigating @realDonaldTrump even after his committee’s impeachment report is filed. https://t.co/HEA9uv1tsI pic.twitter.com/kGuYCy7Myr
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 26, 2019
The current congressional investigation into Trump has already lasted several months. It includes dozens of private hearings, hundreds of hours of witness testimonies, and thousands of answers from committee members.
This investigation also followed an expensive independent counsel investigation, led by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which lasted nearly two years.
The Washington Examiner reports Schiff continues to pursue an investigation into Trump at the expense of potentially having Republicans in the Senate investigate him.
“Schiff, 59, could face his own investigation as many Republicans have called on him to testify in the impeachment hearings because of his ties to the whistleblower. Republicans alleged that Schiff met with the whistleblower prior to the report being filed. He denies knowing the whistleblower but admitted an aide on his committee met with the person to provide ‘guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community,'” the Washington Examiner reports.
According to the Hill, several national polls have shown a drop in support for impeachment. One poll by Emerson University shows as few as 34 percent of independents support the current, ongoing effort. Nearly half (49 percent) of independents polled oppose the effort. These figures have shifted from 48 percent in support and 35 percent opposed in the same poll taken in October.
This shift, though smaller in magnitude, is also reflective in the Democrat Party.
A Marquette poll found impeachment support dropped 7 points among Democrats. The very party leading the impeachment effort is reeling back support after several key witnesses testified last week that Trump was not guilty of committing an impeachable offense.
Democratic Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, who previously backed impeachment, announced on Sunday that she had changed her position. Fox News reports she said she no longer sees any “value” in impeaching President Trump due to how close the 2020 presidential election is.
Fox News reports:
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Lawrence’s about-face came as polls have shown that independents are souring on the idea of impeaching and removing Trump from office, including in critical battleground states like Wisconsin, even as House Democrats aggressively presented their focus-group-tested “bribery” case against the president over the past two weeks.
“We are so close to an election,” Lawrence said Sunday on a Michigan radio program, noting that Trump stands little chance of being convicted by the GOP-controlled Senate. “I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office. But I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable. It’s in violation of the oath of office of a president of the United States, and we have to be clear that you cannot use your power of the presidency to withhold funds to get a foreign country to investigate an American citizen for your own personal gain. There’s no way around that.”
Lawrence continued: “I want him censured. I want it on the record that the House of Representatives did their job and they told this president and any president coming behind him that this is unacceptable behavior and, under our Constitution, we will not allow it. … I am a Democrat, but I am an independent United States of America citizen.”