Lieu calls for change to House rules, saying administration 'brought a machete to a knife fight'

Lieu calls for change to House rules, saying administration 'brought a machete to a knife fight'
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Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuWyden urges FCC to secure 5G networks against cyber threats Democrat hits White House spokeswoman after Trump appointee changes testimony PETA asks DOJ to stop conducting training that harms animals MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday said House rules need to be changed to address contempt and fines for witnesses, saying the Trump administration "brought a machete to a knife fight" and lawmakers are "getting shredded."

"The @realDonaldTrump Administration brought a machete to a knife fight," he tweeted. "We brought the House rules. And we are getting shredded."

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Lieu, a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE, said the rules should be changed to allow "contempt on the spot," and for witnesses to be fined daily.  

"It is now time to exercise our full inherent contempt powers," he added.

Lieu's tweet follows congressional testimony last week from former Trump campaign aide Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiKey takeaways from first public impeachment hearing Democrats face make-or-break moment on impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE, who refused to answer questions referencing his roles described in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's report. The White House sought to limit his testimony, saying discussions fell under "Executive Branch confidentiality interests." The White House also blocked two other aides from testifying, citing claims of immunity. 

Several Democrats, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse to vote on bill to ensure citizenship for children of overseas service members As impeachment goes public, forget 'conventional wisdom' What this 'impeachment' is really about — and it's not the Constitution MORE (N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLouisiana governor wins re-election Dynamic scoring: Forward-thinking budgeting practices to grow our economy Pelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' MORE (Calif.), have said Lewandowski should be held in contempt after his testimony.

The post also comes amid increased impeachment talk over reports that Trump asked the Ukrainian president for help in investigating Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry MORE.

A call between Trump and a foreign leader sparked a whistleblower complaint, the contents of which Democrats are demanding to see. 

Pelosi has remained leery of jumping into impeachment inquiries but said if the report is not provided, a "new stage of investigation" will begin.