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Top Dem: We Don’t Want to Impeach Trump Because ‘Acquittal’ Would Be ‘Unpalatable’

"I do think that has to be weighed though against the other concern, which is what does an acquittal say..."

By NTK Staff | 05.22.2019 @12:20pm


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) admitted that the real reason why House Democratic leadership does not want to impeach President Trump is that if Trump were to be acquitted of the crimes Democrats accuse him of committing, that result would be “unpalatable” for Democrats. He made the remarks while speaking at the Center for American Progress Ideas Conference on Wednesday.

MSNBC’s Ari Melber asked Schiff why House Democrats do not pursue impeachment, even if it is not likely to be successful in the Senate. Melber pointed out that people in Washington often think things are impossible until they aren’t.

Schiff asked the audience how many of them were former prosecutors “who indicted someone in the knowledge that you would be unsuccessful in trying to prove the case to the jury?”

“Probably none of you,” Schiff said, answering his rhetorical question.

“One of the things Mueller points out in his report is: on the issue of conspiracy, the Justice Department guidelines required him only to move forward and even then not fully move forward, if he felt he could prove all of the elements beyond a reasonable doubt before a jury,” Schiff said.

“I do think that notwithstanding all of that, there is a valid argument to be made that if you fail to bring an impeachment – even knowing it would be unsuccessful – what does that say about this president’s conduct and whether he’s fit for office?” Schiff continued.

“I do think that that has to be weighed though against the other concern, which is what does an acquittal say? Because then you have an adjudication that this conduct is not an impeachable offense, and that is the dilemma we are stuck between. Both are equally unpalatable,” Schiff said.

Schiff went on to say that if the Trump administration continues to “stonewall the Congress,” that would require impeachment, even if it does fail.

“I’m not there yet,” Schiff added.

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