GOP lawmaker introduces measure to remove Nadler as Judiciary chairman

Freshman Rep. Lance GoodenLance GoodenHillicon Valley: Senators ask Trump to halt Huawei licenses | Warren criticizes Zuckerberg over secret dinner with Trump | Senior DHS cyber official to leave | Dems offer bill on Libra oversight On The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Lawmakers introduce bill to 'protect' consumers from Facebook's digital currency MORE (R-Texas) introduced a resolution aimed at removing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler floats John Kelly as potential impeachment witness Fox's Wallace: Nadler would pay to have his Clinton impeachment remarks 'expunged from the Earth' Pelosi says House will vote on bill to repeal travel ban 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 John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless the country investigated former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies 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.