President Donald Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, and the Trump administration is showing a "disrespect for the rule of law," Rep. Ted Lieu said Saturday.
"The president essentially admitted he fired him because of the Russia probe," the California Democrat told MSNBC's "AM Joy" program. "What bothers me is the Trump administration's disrespect for the rule of law. None of this is okay."
Show host Joy-Ann Reid attempted to draw a comparison between Trump's actions and those of former President Bill Clinton's, but Lieu said the articles of impeachment for the late President Richard Nixon are more relevant, as the first one was "obstruction of justice."
"That provides a very relevant experience to look at," said Lieu. "In that case, Richard Nixon fired people who were investigating him. That's exactly what Donald Trump did with the firing of Director Comey."
House Speaker Paul Ryan Friday told CNN's Jake Tapper that he would not make comments on Trump's "tweets of the day or the hour," Reid said, and is "refusing to do anything about" the statements on Comey the president has posted.
"He's essentially dismissed even the idea he should even talk about what Donald Trump is doing," she said, but Lieu said he's starting to see change in the House, even among Republicans.
"We have Republican Justin Amash out of Michigan saying there should be an independent commission to look into the Trump-Russia activities," said Lieu. "Darrell Issa out of southern California is saying there should be a special prosecutor, and you're seeing more and more Republicans starting to put country above party, and eventually we'll get to the truth."
However, Trump's poll ratings remain high among Republicans, and Lieu said he does not see House members from his own party pushing to impeach the president.
"That's why the midterm election in a year and a half are so important," he said. "Let me just give you two words and why they're important: subpoena power. If the Democrats control the House, we can control the subpoenas, that means we can do a real investigation, and demand documents and have witnesses come and testify. That's why the midterm elections are so important in the year and a half.
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