Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE on Sunday renewed his criticism of Fox News, claiming that the network was pandering to the Democratic Party by repeatedly hosting liberal lawmakers to discuss the impeachment inquiry. 

"Don’t get why @FoxNews puts losers on like @RepSwalwell (who got ZERO as presidential candidate before quitting), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHouse members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes Jayapal says progressives need to better coordinate to accomplish initiatives Jayapal explains the paycheck recovery bill MORE, David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineTrump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers demand answers on Chinese COVID hacks | Biden re-ups criticism of Amazon | House Dem bill seeks to limit microtargeting House Democrat to introduce bill cracking down on ad targeting MORE and others who are Radical Left Haters," Trump said on Twitter just hours after Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceArkansas governor: 'We take the virus very seriously' but 'you can't cloister yourself at home' Birx: 'I'm very concerned when people go out and don't maintain social distancing' Chris Wallace debunks Trump: No record of massive or serious fraud from mail-in voting MORE hosted Cicilline, a Democratic congressman from Rhode Island, on "Fox News Sunday."

"The Dems wouldn’t let @FoxNews get near their bad ratings debates, yet Fox panders," Trump added, referencing the Democratic National Committee's decision to block Fox News from hosting a Democratic presidential primary debate. "Pathetic!"

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Trump has repeatedly gone after Fox News and its hosts in recent months over their coverage of the impeachment inquiry and their willingness to talk to Democratic lawmakers about it. He singled out Fox News host Shannon Bream in late November, asking why she would "waste airtime" by hosting Swalwell, a Democratic congressman from California and a member of the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees. 

"Fox should stay with the people that got them there, not losers!" Trump said. 

He also attacked Wallace as "nasty" and "obnoxious" earlier that month after the broadcaster aggressively questioned House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes Pelosi makes fans as Democrat who gets under Trump's skin Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy MORE (R-La.) over Trump's dealings with Ukraine. 

On Sunday, Wallace and Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, discussed Democrats' movement on drafting articles of impeachment against the president. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Women suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy MORE (D-Calif.) said last week that she had directed the panel's chairman, Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThe House impeachment inquiry loses another round — and yes, that's still going on Democrats call on DHS to allow free calls at ICE detention centers Warren announces slate of endorsements including Wendy Davis and Cornyn challenger Hegar MORE (D-N.Y.), to move forward with that step. 

Cicilline said on "Fox News Sunday" that the House had seen “a classic example of an impeachable offense.”

“The focus is on the president’s misconduct, asking a foreign government to interfere in our elections. ... I think all of the potential articles of impeachment are on the table. That will be a decision the Judiciary Committee makes, but the Judiciary Committee will have all the evidence,” he said. 

Most of Fox News's hosts have not commented on Trump's attacks. But Fox News host Neil Cavuto delivered a vigorous defense of Wallace after the president lashed out in November, saying in a monologue on his show that journalists are "obligated to question" the president and his defenders, even if it means "inviting your wrath." 

"The best we can do as journalists is be fair to all, including you, Mr. President," Cavuto said. "That’s not fake doing that. What is fake is not doing that. What is fake is saying Fox never used to do that. Mr. President, we have always done that."

The Hill has reached out to Fox News for comment. 

"While you’re busy tweeting insults, we’re busy working to honor our oath of office to protect and defend the constitution and safeguard our democracy," Cicilline said in a tweet featuring Swalwell and Jayapal, a Democratic congresswoman from the state of Washington.