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

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director MORE (D-N.Y.) told CNBC Wednesday that while impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE is “probably not” on the table, Trump is making it “increasingly difficult” to avoid.

Asked whether he agreed with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk 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 MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' 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 BarrPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' House Democrats must insist that Robert Mueller testifies publicly Why Mueller may be fighting a public hearing on Capitol Hill 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.