WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (KUNA) -- Chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler affirmed Sunday that President Donald Trump poses "a continuing threat to our national security and to the integrity of our elections."
In an interview on ABC network, Nadler said, "This president sought foreign interference in the 2016 election. He is openly seeking foreign interference in the 2020 election."
"He poses a continuing threat to our national security and to the integrity of our elections, to our democratic system itself. We cannot permit that to continue," he added.
He stressed "this is a crime in progress against the constitution and against the American democracy."
"We cannot take the risk that the next election will be corrupted through foreign interference solicited by the president, which he is clearly trying to do. It goes to the heart of our democracy," he added.
For his part, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, asked whether he is confident that the Dems have enough majority to impeach the president, said, "I am confident -- This is a real vote of conscience."
He stressed, "This misconduct goes on; the threat to our election integrity coming up goes on."
"It's a clear and present danger -- to our democracy, and not something that we can turn away from simply because the Republicans in the House refuse to do their duty, and continuing to put the person of the president above their personal obligation," he noted.
Asked if Trump is overwhelmingly acquitted in the Senate, is that a failure, he responded "no, it isn't a failure. At least, it's not a failure in the sense of our constitutional duty in the House."
On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee passed both articles of impeachment against Trump on his "abuse of power" and "obstruction of justice."
The House is expected to vote this week on these two allegations, before referring them to the Senate, which has the right to dismiss the president in the event of a two-third vote against him.
Meanwhile, a Fox News poll released today showed that 50 percent of respondents supported Trump's impeachment and removed from office, while four percent supported impeachment but not removal compared to 41 percent opposing impeachment.
For his part, Trump tweeted "approval Rating in Republican Party = 95 percent, a Record! Overall Approval Rating = 51 percent. Think of where I'd be without the never ending, 24 hour a day, phony Witch Hunt, that started three years ago." (end)