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Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Rep. Adam Schiff On Impeachment Inquiry


Added 11-12-19 05:06:02pm EST - “NPR host Steve Inskeep interviews House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump ?" ahead of Wednesday's start to public hearings.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Rep. Adam Schiff On Impeachment Inquiry”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) answers questions regarding the public phase of the impeachment inquiry set to begin on Wednesday. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) answers questions regarding the public phase of the impeachment inquiry set to begin on Wednesday.

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) about the public phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Schiff will preside over televised hearings set to begin on Wednesday.

Steve Inskeep: I want to begin with some words in the Constitution about impeachment. The document says that an official can be impeached and removed for treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors. Which are these, in your view?

Rep. Adam Schiff: Well, I don't think any decision has been made on the ultimate question about whether articles of impeachment should be brought. That will be the purpose of these hearings and the subsequent work done in the Judiciary Committee. But on the basis of what the witnesses have had to say so far, there are any number of potentially impeachable offenses: including bribery, including high crimes and misdemeanors. The basic allegations against the president are that he sought foreign interference in a U.S. election, that he conditioned official acts on the performance of these political favors — and those official acts include a White House meeting that the president of Ukraine desperately sought with President Trump, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funded military assistance for a country that is at war with Russia and a country that the United States has a deep national security interest in making sure it can defend itself.

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