House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said that there is no need to prove an explicit quid-pro-quo agreement between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky for Trump's request to Ukraine to investigate the Bidens to be an impeachable offense.
"We have discovered in short order not only the contents of that call but also the preparatory work that went into the call. The effort to condition something the Ukrainian president deeply sought, and that was a meeting with the president, to establish that this new president of Ukraine had a powerful patron in the president of the United States that was of vital importance to Ukraine, was being conditioned on digging up dirt on the Bidens," Schiff said Sunday on CBS's "Face The Nation."
Host Margaret Brennan asked: "So, you see [the call itself] as the quid quo pro, not just the military aid."
"Well, first of all, there doesn't need to be a quid pro quo. But it is clear already, I think, from the text messages that this meeting that the Ukrainian president sought was being conditioned on their willingness to intervene in the U.S. election to help the president," Schiff explained. "That is a terrible abuse of the president’s power. Now whether that abuse goes further, that is the withholding of military aid also as leverage, there are certainly strong indications that’s true as well."
"Here you have a president of the United States abusing his power to the detriment of our national security to get et another country to intervene in our election. It is hard to imagine more of a corruption of his office than that," Schiff said.