House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Wednesday that while he does "wholly concur" with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's opinion that impeaching President Donald Trump would create divisions in the party, the Department of Justice still must release the results of special counsel Robert Mueller's extensive investigation to Congress. They say Trump directed Cohen to make illegal hush-money payments to two women as a way to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign.
"I think it would send a wrong message to Americans", she said.
'It's very hard to make the argument that the person who was directed and was coordinated should go to jail, but the person who did the directing and did the coordinating should not. "And I don't want to hear that message from the president".
When quizzed by MSNBC's Kaise Hunt on whether or not a lack of "compelling information" in the Mueller report would end the "conversation about Russia", Schiff said it would not.
'Given the documentary evidence, the cancelled checks, given the audio tapes, given the other witnesses who are cooperating with the special counsel, it certainly appears there's no shortage of evidence, ' said Schiff.
Schiff also weighed in on the prospect of impeachment.
In the interview with The Washington Post, Pelosi said, "I'm not for impeachment". "The only thing worse than putting the country through the trauma of an impeachment is putting the country through the trauma of a failed impeachment".
Schiff, D-Calif., told NBC News' Meet the Press that he believes a face-to-face interview with Trump would be the most effective method to get information regarding any potential collusion with Russian Federation by Trump or his campaign during the election or possible obstruction of justice into the probe. And he's just not worth it'. Letitia James, a Democrat, acted after Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress that Trump exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans.
Schiff pointed to when Trump "was trying to negotiate the most lucrative business deal of his life during his presidential campaign, concealing it from the public, trying to get the Kremlin's help and knowing that if he crossed Putin he would never get that money, hundreds of millions of dollars".
'In its absence an impeachment becomes a partisan exercise doomed to failure, ' Schiff said.