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GOP lawmaker introduces measure to remove Nadler as Judiciary chairman

Freshman Rep. Lance GoodenLance GoodenREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Here are the Republicans planning to challenge the Electoral College results 27 GOP reps ask for special counsel to investigate election irregularities MORE (R-Texas) introduced a resolution aimed at removing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerPelosi names 9 impeachment managers Republicans gauge support for Trump impeachment Clyburn blasts DeVos and Chao for 'running away' from 25th Amendment fight MORE (N.Y.) from his role as the top Democrat on the panel responsible for handling impeachment proceedings. 

The Republican-backed resolution comes as an influx of Democrats come out in support of moving forward with articles of impeachment following reports that President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless the country investigated former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE and his son. 

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According to Gooden, the resolution “would formally recognize the illegality of impeachment proceedings,” arguing authorization is needed for the committee to move forward with impeachment proceedings.  

“In recent days Democrats have sanctimoniously declared their allegiance to the rule of law. I encourage them to follow those rules and hold Chairman Nadler accountable for breaking them,” he said in a statement. 

“By law, he may not launch impeachment proceedings until the full House votes for him to do so. This attempted coup against a duly-elected, sitting president is unprecedented and must be stopped. I urge the Majority to move immediately to have him stripped of his chairmanship and that any accomplices on the Judiciary Committee not be considered as a replacement.” 

The majority of Republicans have vehemently defended the president as he faces allegations of abusing his power to get an edge on a political opponent, with his top allies in the House blasting talk of impeachment as a “political witch hunt.” 

The House Democratic Caucus is slated to gather for a meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss the path forward on impeachment.