President Donald Trump's impeachment was "absolutely worth it" despite the Senate voting to acquit him of both charges, according to House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
The Senate voted to acquit Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Wednesday, with a vote almost evenly split down party lines. The exception was Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who voted guilty on the abuse of power charge.
Schiff told NPR on Thursday that the months-long impeachment process "was absolutely worth it. And we felt very strongly and I think history will bear us out on this, that we needed to place a constraint on this president who was acting unethically, who was sacrificing our national security, who was jeopardizing the integrity of our elections. And whatever the result was going to be in the Senate, we couldn't sit still. We had a constitutional obligation to make the case."
The senator added that "the day after [former special counsel] Bob Mueller testified, the day after the president felt that he had escaped accountability for his first misconduct, that he was back at it again, said that this is a president who feels completely unconstrained. And that regardless of what the result may be, if the investigation led us to conclude that he had abused the power of his office, he needed to be impeached."
Schiff said that he hopes that even if Trump's impeachment doesn't "deter him" from engaging in similar behavior, "it will deter others from engaging in the same kind of misconduct."
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