In an interview with 'CBS Evening News' host Norah O'Donnell, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) expressed concern that Republicans will offer witnesses that will "smear the president's opponents" at impeachment hearings. Schiff denied that impeachment rules are unfair but given the "circus-like tactics" by Congressional Republicans, he declared Democrats will not "surrender the process to the minority party."
"We've asked them to proffer witnesses they think are relevant, and I have to say, we have concerns that they’re going to propose a bunch of witnesses that have no bearing, that they can use merely to smear the president's opponents or for other improper purposes," Schiff said Thursday. "It's important to note that contrary of what they have been saying in both Clinton and the Nixon impeachments, the minority did not have the right to call witnesses on their own unilaterally. They could call for a vote, but it was a majority vote, that they were not assured of winning."
"We would love to hear who they're interested in having come before the committee. But given the kind of circus-like tactics, the storming of the SCIF and all the stunts the president puts them up to, we can't surrender the process to the minority party," Schiff said.
Schiff denies impeachment rules are unfair: "We've asked them for proffer about which witnesses they think are relevant, and I have to say we have concerns that they're going to propose a bunch of witnesses that have no bearing that they can use merely to smear the president's opponents or for other improper purposes."