Nadler says Trump 'richly deserves impeachment'

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime Lewandowski says he's under no obligation to speak truthfully to the media MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said President Trump "richly deserves impeachment," but stopped short of joining a growing call for House Democrats to begin a formal inquiry. 

"My personal view is that (Trump) richly deserves impeachment. He has done many impeachable offenses, he's violated the laws six ways from Sunday," Nadler said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"That's not the question," Nadler said, noting his desistance to begin impeachment proceedings. "The question is can we develop enough evidence." 

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He added that he sees no "time frame" for impeachment.

The House Judiciary chairman has said in the past that former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski 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 Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE had developed substantial evidence that Trump is "guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors." 

He didn't stray from that position following Mueller's testimony last week before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

Nadler said on ABC's "This Week" that Mueller's testimony "broke the lie that the and the attorney general have been saying to the American people" regarding the report exonerating Trump. 

However, he has publicly stuck by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Progressives push for changes to Pelosi drug pricing plan MORE (D-Calif.) in her reservation to call for impeachment inquiries. 

Ninety-nine congress members to date have joined the growing chorus for impeachment proceedings to begin, according to The Hill's Whip List