Schiff: Enough Evidence to Impeach Trump for Abuse of Power, Bribery
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says there is enough evidence to impeach President Donald Trump for both bribery and abuse of power.
“Bribery, first of all, as the founders understood bribery, it was not as we understand it in law today. It was much broader,” Schiff told NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. “It connoted the breach of the public trust in a way where you’re offering official acts for some personal or political reason, not in the nation’s interest.”
Schiff’s committee will begin public impeachment hearings Wednesday.
“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,” Schiff told NPR.
“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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