Nadler: 'It may very well come to' opening a formal impeachment inquiry

Nadler: 'It may very well come to' opening a formal impeachment inquiry
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court 10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump On The Trail: How marijuana went mainstream MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that “it may very well come to” launching an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE, depending on the findings of the House’s various investigations.

“We are going to go step by step. First, we’re investigating all the things we would investigate frankly in an impeachment inquiry. We are starting with the Mueller report, which shows, I think it shows ample evidence of multiple crimes of obstruction of justice and abuse of power,” Nadler told said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”


Asked why the House would wait to launch an impeachment inquiry, Nadler told Blitzer, “Right now, there doesn't appear to be the support for it,” although he demurred on whether he was referring to his caucus or the public. A recent CNN poll found outright impeachment is favored by 41 percent of respondents.

An impeachment inquiry is distinct from the impeachment process, and involves an investigation of potential "high crimes and misdemeanors" that form the basis of impeachment. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWatchdog: Capitol Police need 'culture change' Julia Letlow sworn in as House member after winning election to replace late husband The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal after pushback MORE (D-Calif.) has consistently opposed impeachment.

Nadler added that support “may develop” but “right now, we have to get the facts out. we have to educate the American people, because after all, the American people have been lied to consistently by the president, by the attorney general, who have misrepresented what was in the Mueller report.”

He reiterated his call for the special counsel to testify about his findings before Congress. Mueller has said he does not wish to testify and said in a rare public statement last week that his report speaks for him, but Nadler speculated Mueller “may give new information without realizing it” in testifying before Congress. Nadler told Blitzer it “may come to” formally subpoenaing Mueller.

Nadler also affirmed that a full House vote on a contempt resolution for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBoehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers Dominion: Ex-Michigan state senator 'sowing discord in our democracy' with election fraud claims Hunter Biden says he doesn't know if Delaware laptop was his MORE would proceed as scheduled on June 11 unless “they give us a very good faith offer, which I can’t imagine they would do” to see Mueller’s full, unredacted report.