By Kevin Liptak, CNN
Updated 1824 GMT (0224 HKT) January 22, 2020
Washington (CNN)The lead Democratic impeachment manager claimed Wednesday that President Donald Trump had “bragged” about withholding materials from Congress as lawmakers weigh removing him from office — partly because they allege he’s obstructing their investigations.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, was responding to comments Trump made during a news conference in Switzerland.
“We’re doing very well. I got to watch enough,” Trump said before departing Davos, where he was attending the World Economic Forum. “I thought our team did a very good job, but honestly, we have all the material. They don’t have the material.”
Schiff and other Democrats interpreted the comment as a boast about keeping information that might be relevant to the case from lawmakers.
Trump “bragged that he thought things were going well because they had all the materials,” he said ahead of the start of Wednesday’s impeachment trial proceedings. “Well, indeed they do have the material — hidden from the American people. That is nothing to brag about.”