No Choice But to Go Forward (with impeachment)

Capitol Hill—”The times have found us” Speaker Nancy Pelosi quoted Tom Payne, while holding a press conference with House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.

Pelosi and Schiff said the current impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, recently unveiled by an whistleblower, required “urgency.” The whistleblower still remains anonymous.

“We have no choice but to go forward,” Schiff said.

“We are deeply concerned about Secretary Pompeo’s effort to potentially interfere with witnesses whose testimony is needed before our committee,” Schiff said. Schiff warned “any effort by the president or secretary or anyone else will be considered as obstruction of justice.”

Schiff cautioned that if the White House prevents any witnesses from coming forward, an adverse inference will be drawn, namely that the whistleblower’s complaint is correct.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings had noticed a subpoena to obtain documents that the White House has been withholding from Congress. And on Monday, the Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to Rudy Giuliani.

“He’s a key figure,” Schiff said.

The House Intelligence Committee intends to take testimony from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Kurt. D. Volker on Thursday. And Inspector General Michael K. Atkinson on Friday.

Schiff said they will ask Atkinson about the efforts made to corroborate the whistleblower complaint.

Trump responded to the latest impeachment inquiry by tweeting that if he is impeached and removed from the White House, that a “civil war” could follow.

Schiff characterized President Trump’s tweets as “an incitement to violence.”

Pelosi stated Trump told her what he did was “wrong.”