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 CicillineMcCarthy jokes it'll be hard not to 'hit' Pelosi with gavel if he is Speaker Lobbying world Progressive fighting turns personal on internal call over antitrust bills 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) WallaceAnything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why Biden walks fine line with Fox News Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE

Asked by Wallace whether the House would also consider evidence gleaned from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 SchiffA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Officers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) obtaining phone records for the panel's ranking member, Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Tucker Carlson claims NSA leaked private emails to journalists 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 GiulianiGiuliani rips Ukraine investigation: 'I committed no crime' Capitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit 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.