The lower house of Congress will respond to the White House’s argument that the impeachment investigation is illegal by a full vote this week.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff discussed with Voice of America the impasse between Congress and the White house over issued subpoenas to testify and documents requested for the investigation.
In particular, Adam Schiff said that “we will not allow the administration to delay the impeachment investigation by trying to drag it out indefinitely in the courts. So we are moving forward.”
He added that the House Intelligence Committee is “calling additional witnesses and gathering new evidence.”
According to the American legislator, the actions of the White House contributes “to the initiation of proceedings against the President for obstruction of justice by Congress. It was one of the articles of impeachment against (former) President Richard Nixon. The President is building a case against himself. There is no indulgence here. Whatever efforts they make to obstruct our investigation of the President’s misconduct, views on Ukraine only strengthen the case against the President in terms of congressional obstruction of justice.”
Commenting on President Trump’s remarks regarding the impeachment investigation, Adam Schiff said that “we are used to attacks from the President. He attacks anyone who resists him. I would like more of my colleagues to oppose him.”
Adam Schiff said that his task is to provide all the facts to American citizens about the actions of the President, which he does “not on their behalf, nor for their interests, but in his political interests.”
“The President was ready to abuse his official position, to abuse his power to force an ally who opposes Russian troops and Russian irregular units occupying Ukrainian territory to investigate the actions of one of his (Trump’s) political opponents so that she (Ukraine) interfered in our presidential election. This should come as a shock to all Americans,” added the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.