House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler stressed Sunday that if proven, obstruction evidence against President Donald Trump provided in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report could be impeachable.
“If proven, some of this would be impeachable, yes. Obstruction of justice if proven would be impeachable,” Nadler said on NBC’s Meet the Press.
He pointed out, however, that House Democrats have not yet opened an impeachment inquiry, although some have called for the President’s impeachment following the release of the redacted version of the report.
The Mueller report details extensive ties between members of the Trump campaign and Russians, concluding, however, that the evidence was not enough to establish a conspiracy. But it also says that it does not exonerate the President on obstruction, presenting several instances in which Trump sought to impede Mueller’s Russia investigation.
CNBC reports that since the release of the long-awaited report, a number of Democrats have increased their calls for the removal of Trump from office. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said Friday that Congress should begin the impeachment process.
“The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States,” Warren wrote on Twitter, arguing that Trump’s attempts to obstruct the investigations should not be ignored.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, has noted several times that initiating impeachment proceedings would most likely create further divisions in the country and Republican control of the Senate would render the effort ineffective.
Earlier on Sunday, Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Democrats “may” bring impeachment proceedings.