“What has really changed between now and Watergate isn’t the nature of the president’s conduct, if anything, this president’s conduct is far worse than anything Nixon did, far more sweeping in its obstruction of accountability, far more damaging to our national security than the cover-up that was Watergate,” Schiff said. “The question is, why are Republicans placing this president above their oath of office?”

“I don’t think any of us have any question that had Barack Obama engaged in the activity, the conduct which is the subject these articles of impeachment, every one of these Republicans would be voting to impeach him,” he continued. “And you know something, I have to hope to hell, George, if it were Barack Obama, I would vote to impeach him.”