Schiff, Dems move forward with impeachment as White House prepares for the worst

According to The Washington Post, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) “is planning to release transcripts as early as next week of closed-door depositions in which witnesses have testified about [President Donald] Trump’s efforts to press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.”

He’s moving forward with impeachment — and the White House is on notice.

“We are prepared”

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to label Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the clear leaders of the impeachment effort, as “corrupt politicians,” the Post reported. Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said that impeachment by the House is now all but expected.

“We are prepared for an impeachment to happen,” Grisham said in a Fox News interview. “[Pelosi] has made it very, very clear that the House Democrats are going to vote.”

Grisham said she hoped Democrats would “come to their senses,” but that the White House could see that there is an intent to impeach Trump even though he did “nothing wrong.”

“As we’re preparing in the White House, this is what has been shown,” Grisham said. “They have made their intentions very clear.”

“The votes are not there”

When Grisham was pressed about whether she thought impeachment was a definite, however, she made it clear that anything could still happen.

“I wouldn’t say it is a foregone conclusion, I would say it’s what we’re expecting it, yes,” Grisham said.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway largely echoed Grisham’s sentiments.

“[Democrats] know the votes are not there in the Senate,” Conway told reporters, according to The Hill. “So, if you’re going to impeach the president are you going to remove him? Unlikely. But I’m prepared for the president to be impeached and I’m prepared for the votes to not go that way depending on what the evidence says.”

Grisham also speculated that the Trump administration would cooperate with the impeachment inquiry if it were more transparent and if Trump and Republicans were given equal subpoena power and ability to cross-examine witnesses with Democrats.

“If things are actually open and transparent as purported, I would believe that we would participate,” Grisham said.

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