Nadler leaves door open to impeaching Trump

Nadler leaves door open to impeaching Trump
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Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday did not rule out beginning impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE.

Nadler, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Congress will have to receive an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report and hear from Mueller and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHouse gears up for Mueller testimony History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments MORE before reaching a determination on impeachment.

“Some of this would be impeachable,” Nadler said, referring to Trump's actions laid out in Mueller's report. “Obstruction of justice, if proven, would be impeachable," he added.

Mueller declined make a determination on possible obstruction of justice by Trump, concluding that the evidence did not reach a threshold to charge the president with obstruction. 

The special counsel, however, wrote in his report that his team probed 10 “episodes” of potential obstruction of justice, leaving the door open to possible congressional probes of Trump’s conduct.

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Mueller's report says Trump tried on multiple occasions to thwart Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including ordering then-White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller in 2017.

House Democrats on Thursday and Friday seized on Mueller’s findings on obstruction, with Nadler issuing a subpoena Friday morning for the special counsel’s unredacted report.

Earlier Sunday, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCourt filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments House passes annual intelligence bill Judge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Democrats "may" bring impeachment proceedings.