Judiciary Committee Dem: Impeachment should be considered

Judiciary Committee Dem: Impeachment should be considered
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Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that Democrats should consider bringing impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE.

Richmond, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," also called for Trump to testify under oath.


“I think it’s the best way to get all of the facts out," Richmond said. "I also believe at some point we have to hear from this president. Whether he’s lying to us or not, we need to hear from him under oath.”

He added, however, that whether to begin impeachment proceedings is up to Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing Hope Hicks: Trump campaign felt 'relief' after WikiLeaks released damaging info about Hillary Clinton House hearing marks historic moment for slavery reparations debate MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and said he is "comfortable going either way."

“It’s Chairman Nadler’s decision how far we go with impeachment. I would just tell you I’m comfortable going either way. I am a lawyer by trade. I am very concerned about this president’s fitness for office," Richmond said.

Following the release of the special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE's report earlier this month, some Democratic lawmakers have advocated for impeaching Trump.

Mueller's report did not find evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia ahead of the 2016 election, but the report notes that the campaign believed it would benefit from Russia's interference and that Russia believed it would benefit from a Trump presidency.

Mueller also outlined several instances in which the president potentially obstructed justice.

Members of Democratic leadership, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Judd Gregg: An Irish friend and wisdom Juan Williams: Warren on the rise MORE (D-Calif.), have so far cautioned against impeaching Trump.