“This is the first time a president has tried to declare an emergency when Congress explicitly rejected funding for the particular project that the President is advocating,” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“He’s pretty much daring the court to strike this down,” the California Democrat said. “It is going to be a real test for my GOP colleagues in Congress and their devotion to the institution.”
When asked by CNN’s Dana Bash about any plans to limit the President’s authority to declare national emergencies, Schiff expressed hesitation.
“The risk that the President takes, the risk to future Presidencies, is that we limit the President’s power to act when it really is necessary,” Schiff said. “But this president doesn’t care about future presidents, he only cares about himself.”
In response to a question asking if he will accept the special counsel’s findings if the investigation does not find evidence of collusion, Schiff said he has “great confidence” in the special counsel, but the House Intelligence Committee will have to conduct their own investigation.
“And if the special counsel represents that he has investigated, and not been interfered with, and not been able to make a criminal case, then I will believe that he is operating in good faith,” Schiff said.
“Well, the Justice Department received a referral from the inspector general. I think they need to study that and the evidence, and they need to make an objective determination about it,” Schiff said of McCabe. “I think he should be held to the same standard as anyone else that the Justice Department has looked at in this investigation or any other.”