Schiff Terrifies Pompeo With Legal Obstruction Declaration

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Donald Trump does not want this impeachment to mark his presidency. Yet, the call to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky rises to the crime to impeachment. He used the full power of the presidency to coerce another country to come up with dirt on his 2020 opponent. As the impeachment inquiry begins, the president appears to be unraveling while arguing he has not done anything wrong.

House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s actions to interfere a “cover-up:”

‘Any effort by Sec. Pompeo to intimidate or prevent witnesses from testifying will add to evidence that the Trump Admin is obstructing Congress. Given Pompeo’s own potential role in the affair, it will also create the inference that he is trying to cover up illicit activity.’

He referred the public to a joint statement from the House Intelligence Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, and Oversight Committee:

Chairs of @HouseIntel, @HouseForeign and @OversightDems issue statement on Secretary of State Pompeo’s stonewalling House impeachment inquiry: “He should immediately cease intimidating Department witnesses in order to protect himself and the President.” intelligence.house.gov/news/documents

The House of Representatives’ statement read:

‘Secretary Pompeo was reportedly on the call when the President pressed Ukraine to smear his political opponent. If true, Secretary Pompeo is now a fact witness in the House impeachment inquiry. He should immediately cease intimidating Department witnesses in order to protect himself and the President.’

It continued, noting that intimidating witnesses or withholding them from Congress would be evidence:

‘Any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with Congress—including State Department employees—is illegal and will constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry. In response, Congress may infer from this obstruction that any withheld documents and testimony would reveal information that corroborates the whistleblower complaint.’

Especially important, they committed to “protecting witnesses:”

‘The Committees are operating pursuant to our long-established authorities as well as the impeachment inquiry. We’re committed to protecting witnesses from harassment and intimidation, and we expect their full compliance and that of the Department of State.’

The press conference by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff is below in its entirety:

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