The Trump administration has played a part in creating a humanitarian crisis at the southern border, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said administration threats to cut off aid to Central American countries “isn’t helping.”
“There is a humanitarian crisis at the border,” he said. “But part of this is one of the administration’s own making. This administration… saying we’re going to cut off assistance to these Central American countries that would be useful in trying to stem this flow of migration.”
“We’re discussing adding to the emergency supplemental appropriation bill funding for this humanitarian crisis,” Schiff added, though he warned: “Not though just to spend more money to build a wall, not to just merely detain people and add to the incarceration of people.”
Schiff also said he has “respect” for Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who said after reading the Mueller report, he concluded there were “impeachable offenses” by President Donald Trump.
“I respect what Justin is doing… he showed more courage than any other Republican in the House or Senate,” he said. “But what may be pushing us in the direction of impeachment in any event has less to do with Justin but more the administration is engaging in a maximum obstructionism campaign.”
He said the House “may get there” on impeachment.
“If we conclude that there’s no other way to do our jobs, no other way to do oversight, no other way to show the American people what this president has done, is unethical and illegal acts outlined in the Mueller report, we may get there,” he said.
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