House Judiciary Dem: Impeachment shouldn't be a 'fetish' or a 'taboo'

A Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that impeachment shouldn’t be an obsession or a “taboo” as the party ramps up investigations into President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE and his administration.

“Impeachment should not be a fetish for anybody, nor should it be a taboo, it is part of the Constitution,” Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinHouse Democrats launch probe into NIH and FBI suspecting Chinese Americans of espionage Barr to testify before House Judiciary panel The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders, Buttigieg do battle in New Hampshire MORE (D-Md.) told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Juanita Tolliver on “Rising.”

The Maryland Democrat added that the new House probes are "not an impeachment investigation."

Top Democrats, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Nadler demands answers from Barr on 'new channel' for receiving Ukraine info from Giuliani Trump predicts Ocasio-Cortez will launch primary bid against Schumer MORE (N.Y.), have expressed a newfound sense of urgency with their investigations into Trump, especially in the wake of explosive testimony from the president’s former attorney, Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenFree Roger Stone Trump calls the Russia investigation 'bulls---' CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE, before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Nadler, who would oversee any impeachment proceedings, is leading a broad investigation and recently sent letters to 81 individual and entities requesting documents and interviews. But he stopped short of saying Trump's potential offenses warranted impeachment, adding that such a move is still “a long way down the road.”

Raskin told Hill.TV that “impeachment is the end of a process, not the beginning of a process.”

The Maryland lawmaker called Cohen "the first real refugee" from the Trump administration and said his testimony served as an impetus for a number of new inquiries that must be investigated.

“Michael Cohen was our first witness and the first real refugee from the inner sanctum of the Trump White House and he opened multiple lines of investigative interest and inquiry,” Raskin said.

—Tess Bonn