Schiff Says Report Will Be Forwarded to Judiciary Committee Next Week

WASHINGTON (The Washington Post) -
Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks after testimony at the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., November 20, 1019. (Reuters/Erin Scott)

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Monday that House investigators will transmit a report on President Donald Trump’s conduct in the Ukraine controversy to the Judiciary Committee shortly after Congress returns from Thanksgiving recess next week.

In a letter to colleagues, Schiff said that the report would cite instances of White House stonewalling in addition to detailing testimony from witnesses. That, he indicated, could be the basis for a separate article of impeachment.

“We will catalogue the instances of noncompliance with lawful subpoenas as part of our report to the Judiciary Committee, which will allow that Committee to consider whether an article of impeachment based on obstruction of Congress is warranted along with an article or articles based on this underlying conduct or other presidential misconduct,” Schiff wrote.

Schiff left little doubt in the letter about his view of the severity of Trump’s actions, which Republicans have continued to play down.

“Over the course of our inquiry, we have uncovered a months-long effort in which President Trump again sought foreign interference in our elections for his personal and political benefit at the expense of our national interest,” Schiff wrote.

“As the evidence conclusively shows, President Trump conditioned official acts – a White House meeting desperately desired by the new Ukrainian president and critical U.S. military assistance – on Ukraine announcing sham, politically-motivated investigations that would help President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.”