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 CicillineHouse Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Nominated for another Speaker term, Pelosi says it's her last Katherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats 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.”


“This is a classic example of an impeachable offense,” Cicilline, a member of the Judiciary Committee, told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBiden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic Anti-Defamation League criticizes White House appointee 'who has consorted with racists' MORE

Asked by Wallace whether the House would also consider evidence gleaned from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 SchiffTrump addresses pandemic but not election during annual turkey pardon Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Hillicon Valley: Leadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns | Snapchat launches in-app video platform 'Spotlight' | Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract MORE (D-Calif.) obtaining phone records for the panel's ranking member, Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports Ex-Nunes aide linked to Biden conspiracy theories will lead Pentagon transition Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight 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 GiulianiJake Tapper jokes he's retained Giuliani to look into fraud in 'Sexiest Man' election Pioneering New York City Mayor David Dinkins dies at 93 Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism 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.