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

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) told CNBC Wednesday that while impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE is “probably not” on the table, Trump is making it “increasingly difficult” to avoid.

Asked whether he agreed with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Al Green: 'We have the opportunity to punish' Trump with impeachment vote 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.


“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 MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 BarrImmigration advocacy groups sue Trump administration over asylum restrictions Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Groups sue Trump admin over new asylum restrictions 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.