Nadler leaves door open to impeaching Trump

Nadler leaves door open to impeaching Trump
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Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday did not rule out beginning impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's report and hear from Mueller and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Schiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence Trump fires back at 'loser' GOP lawmaker who said he'd engaged in 'impeachable conduct' 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 SchiffSchiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence Schiff: Escalating Iran tensions 'all too predictable' 5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Democrats "may" bring impeachment proceedings.