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 TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE.

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

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“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 NadlerPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime Lewandowski says he's under no obligation to speak truthfully to the media 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 MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation 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 PelosiPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul MORE (D-Calif.), have so far cautioned against impeaching Trump.