Nadler: Trump making it 'increasingly difficult' not to impeach him

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry MORE (D-N.Y.) told CNBC Wednesday that while impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE is “probably not” on the table, Trump is making it “increasingly difficult” to avoid.

Asked whether he agreed with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhy calls for impeachment have become commonplace The Constitution doesn't require a vote to start the impeachment process Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support MORE (D-Calif.) that Trump was “self-impeaching” with his conduct, Nadler said Trump is “making it increasingly difficult” to keep impeachment off the table.

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“No questions are being answered about any subject. And then, when subpoenas are being issued, there’s a blanket command, disobey all subpoenas. Nobody should testify, and nobody should give documents to Congress,” he said.

Nadler also pushed back on Trump’s contention that a strong economy precluded the U.S. being in a constitutional crisis. “Whether the president is doing a good job in the economy or not is one question. He may be,” Nadler said. “But, if he’s destroying all the norms, and destroying all the practices, and destroying the laws, and arrogating all power to the presidency so that the people through Congress have nothing to say, that’s a very different crisis.”

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE’s report, Nadler said, presents “very strong evidence of a number of obstructions of justice,” saying that “of course” Trump has committed crimes while in office.

Nadler accused Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDemocratic lawmaker says Barr's reported meeting with Murdoch should be investigated Trump to meet Italian president at White House next week Barr criticizes LGBT curriculums without opt-outs MORE of “misrepresent[ing] very strongly” what was in Mueller’s report, adding that either Barr is “doing whatever he has to do, to protect the president personally” or he genuinely subscribes to legal theories that the president cannot obstruct justice, which Nadler said “is a terrible doctrine because it would mean that you can’t investigate any president for doing anything.”

In a letter to Barr last week, Nadler said that Trump’s invocation of executive privilege to avoid turning over Mueller’s unredacted report and underlying evidence was a “direct assault” on the Constitution.

“The President’s pronouncement amounts to a direct assault on the constitutional order and on Congress’s constitutional oversight and legislative interest with regard to the President and his Administration,” wrote Nadler, who led his committee in voting to find Barr in contempt of Congress.