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. LieuMcCarthy jokes it'll be hard not to 'hit' Pelosi with gavel if he is Speaker Court finds Democratic donor Ed Buck guilty of all charges in connection to two men's deaths Press: Give those unemployed writers a job! 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 TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal 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 LewandowskiBiden White House moves to oust Trump appointees from advisory boards Trump budget chief refuses to resign from Naval Academy board Trump super PAC promoting Susan Wright ahead of Texas House runoff MORE, who refused to answer questions referencing his roles described in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 NadlerOcasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan Angelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators House panel advances immigration language for reconciliation bill MORE (N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Jan. 6 committee taps former Bush administration official as top lawyer Ocasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan 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 BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes 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.