- During the Capitol insurrection, Rep. Adam Schiff joked that then-President Donald Trump should have been impeached.
- “Someone really should have impeached that son of a bitch,” Schiff told his colleague at the time.
- Schiff spearheaded Trump’s first impeachment inquiry in 2019 and was lead impeachment manager in Trump’s first Senate trial.
While congressional lawmakers and staffers hunkered down in a secure location during the January 6 insurrection, Rep. Adam Schiff, who famously led President Donald Trump’s first impeachment, joked that he should have been impeached, according to Schiff’s new book, “Midnight in Washington,” which came out Tuesday.
The comment came as “anger at the president” filled the room and a Democratic colleague approached Schiff, saying: “You said this would happen.”
“Well, I didn’t say this would happen,” Schiff replied.
“You warned that he would try to cheat again,” the unnamed lawmaker said of Trump, who at the time spread false claims about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election and sought to overturn the results.
“It didn’t require any great clairvoyance,” Schiff said, per the book. “Someone really should have impeached that son of a bitch.”
Of course, the Democratic-led House did impeach Trump, on Dec. 18, 2019, an act that many Democrats thought would cow Trump.
Schiff, who serves as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was the lead impeachment manager in 2019 during Trump’s first impeachment over an abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to a Ukraine phone call. However, the GOP-controlled Senate acquitted the president.
Congress had convened on January 6 to certify President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump – a largely ceremonial proceeding to officially count the slates of electors sent by US states. Yet lawmakers were forced to evacuate the House and Senate chambers and shelter-in-place after throngs of pro-Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building in an attempt to stop the election certification.
Schiff describes in his book that lawmakers “were all stunned about what was happening.” Once at the secure location, the California Democrat spoke on the phone with his wife and kids to assure them that he was fine.
In the following weeks, the Democratic-led House voted to impeach Trump on a charge of “incitement of insurrection.” But the Republican-controlled Senate once again acquitted Trump.