Schiff Claims to Be Listening to Constituents While Dems Attack Nunes and Draft Impeachment Report

After two weeks packed with 12 public testimonies, it looks like the house impeachment inquiry investigations are ready to be written up in a report. Monday U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D) announced, in a letter to his colleagues, the committees working on investigating President Trump’s July 25th phone call and subsequent behavior are ready to put their findings into a report.  

The report is set to be ready shortly after the conclusion of the Congressional Thanksgiving break. The report will go to the House Judiciary Committee headed by U.S. Rep Jerry Nadler (D). The House Judiciary Committee is responsible for drafting articles of impeachment. If drafted the articles of impeachment would be sent to the floor of the house for a vote on whether to formally impeach the President.

Even as they are ready to compile a report for the Judiciary committee they haven’t completed the investigations and Schiff eludes they are “learning new information almost every day” and doesn’t eliminate the possibility of more depositions and hearings. This leaves his hat in the ring in this impeachment inquiry. 

Schiff also makes it a point that the report will “catalog the instances of non-compliance with lawful subpoenas… 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.”

In his letter, Schiff includes “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.” He then cites “the record of the July 25 call between Presidents Trump and Zelensky has been supplemented by significant evidence showing the extent of the President’s abuse of power both before and after the July 25 telephone call.” In the next sentence, he calls the President’s conduct “insidious”.  With all of the collected testimony and documents says it all reveals “ a fact pattern that is overwhelming, unchallenged, and damning.”

However, on Sunday Schiff gave an interview to CNN’s Jake Tapper. In the interview, Schiff said, “I want to discuss this with my constituents and colleagues before I make a final judgment on this.” According to the Hill Schiff has not yet decided where he stands in terms of supporting the impeachment of President Trump. After reading Schiff’s letter from today it is hard to see any indecisiveness in it. 

Opposition to impeachment climbed by 10 points with independents and support for impeachment with independents dropped by 7 points according to a poll by Politico released today. Overall the polling shows support has dropped for impeachment, yet the Democrats are still pushing forward with it.

Republicans are still sticking together with there messaging of what many believe to be “sham impeachment”. Ranking Member and U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R) is also gearing up to file a lawsuit against CNN for an article that claimed he met with former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin claiming he was trying to get information on Biden. The Democrats have used these articles to try to smear Nunes’ credibility. Nunes has previously sued Esquire for damages from a different story he called a “scandalous hit piece”.

Americans and Congressional Republicans seem to be wary of impeachment. However, it seems that this show is still on the road not sure where this will go or when and how it will end.