Nadler says Trump 'richly deserves impeachment'

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Nadler demands answers from Barr on 'new channel' for receiving Ukraine info from Giuliani Trump predicts Ocasio-Cortez will launch primary bid against Schumer 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." 


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 MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 PelosiBloomberg faces criticism for tweet showing altered debate moment Trump knocks Democrats at rally: Bloomberg 'getting pounded' Biden earns endorsement from former House impeachment manager 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