Judiciary Democrat: 'This is a classic example of an impeachable offense'

Judiciary Democrat: 'This is a classic example of an impeachable offense'
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Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Smaller companies testify against Big Tech's 'monopoly power' Living in limbo may end for Liberians in the US MORE (D-R.I.) said Sunday that the evidence unearthed by the House’s impeachment inquiry showed “a classic example of an impeachable offense.”

Asked on "Fox News Sunday" about the timeline of impeachment, Cicilline responded: “I don’t think we know the timing of it, but certainly the Judiciary Committee will hear from the Intelligence Committee counsel, who will detail that the president of the United States attempted to coerce a foreign leader to interfere in an American presidential election, undermining the national security of the United States.”

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“This is a classic example of an impeachable offense,” Cicilline, a member of the Judiciary Committee, told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well' Jeffries: Calling new witnesses for Senate trial part of following the 'Clinton model' Graham: Immediate dismissal of impeachment articles 'dead for practical purposes' MORE

Asked by Wallace whether the House would also consider evidence gleaned from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s report in crafting articles of impeachment, Cicilline was non-committal, saying “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 [but] that will be a decision the Judiciary Committee makes, but the Judiciary Committee will have all the evidence.”

Wallace also questioned Cicilline about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Trump knocks authors of 'A Very Stable Genius': 'Two stone cold losers from Amazon WP' Democrats push back on White House impeachment claims, saying Trump believes he is above the law MORE (D-Calif.) obtaining phone records for the panel's ranking member, Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R-Calif.), asking if he was concerned the move could open the door to a future Republican majority obtaining records from Democratic members.

“The Intelligence Committee has the solemn responsibility of collecting evidence relating to the impeachment inquiry. The real question is why is the ranking member engaged in a conversation with Lev Parnas,” Cicilline said, referring to the Florida businessman and associate of Trump's personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiParnas attorney asks William Barr to recuse himself from investigation Poll: 51 percent of Americans say Senate should convict and remove Trump Hypocrisy is the currency of the realm for GOP in the age of Trump MORE. Parnas was indicted in connection with an alleged campaign finance fraud scheme.

“I wish my Republican colleagues were as concerned about evidence collection and what the evidence shows rather than the embarrassment to one of their colleagues,” he added.