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Schiff argues waiting on impeachment would be letting Trump 'cheat just one more time'

Democrats have officially unveiled articles of impeachment against President Trump, in the process explaining why they feel it's crucial to do so sooner rather than later.

In a press conference Tuesday announcing the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress articles, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) offered his response to those would argue Congress should wait to impeach the president until it can get the testimony and documents that the White House has been blocking during the inquiry.

"People should understand what that argument really means," Schiff said. "It has taken us eight months to get a lower court ruling that Don McGahn has no absolute right to defy Congress. Eight months for one court decision."

Citing this as one example of how long such court battles can stretch on for, Schiff said, "The argument, 'why don't you just wait' amounts to this: 'why don't you just let him cheat in one more election? Why not let him cheat just one more time?'"

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the impeachment articles this week, at which point they would be recommended to the full House of Representatives. Brendan Morrow