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. LieuThe spin on Woodward's tapes reveals the hypocrisy of Democrats Larry Kudlow defends response to coronavirus: Trump 'led wisely' Lieu on Trump 'playing it down' on coronavirus: 'This is reckless homicide' 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 TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate 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. LewandowskiHow Trump can win reelection: Focus on Democrats, not himself Trump Jr. distances from Bannon group, says he attended 'single' event Bannon, three others charged with defrauding donors of 'We Build The Wall' campaign MORE, who refused to answer questions referencing his roles described in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) 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'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 NadlerSchumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence House passes bill to protect pregnant workers MORE (N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare House lawmakers reach deal to avert shutdown Centrist Democrats 'strongly considering' discharge petition on GOP PPP bill 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 BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' 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.