Trump slams Cicilline after appearance on ‘Fox News Sunday’

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EAST PROVIDENCE R.I. (WPRI) — It didn’t take long for President Donald Trump to blast Congressman David Cicilline after a national television appearance Sunday.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the Rhode Island Democrat told host Chris Wallace that it was likely House Democrats would move forward with articles of impeachment against Trump based on his actions in connection with aid to Ukraine.

“This is a classic example of an impeachable offense,” Cicilline said in his Sunday morning interview. “We’re going to receive the evidence carefully, we are going to evaluate that evidence as it applies to the law as set forth in the constitution.”

Trump took aim at Cicilline on social media hours later, sending a tweet calling him and fellow House Democrats Eric Swalwell and Pramila Jayapal “losers.”

Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, responded in his own tweet that featured a selfie with Jayapal, Swalwell and Congressman Joe Neguse.

Cicilline’s interview comes a day after the House Judiciary Committee released a report on the legal rationale for impeachment.

Hearings are set to resume Monday morning after last week’s testimony from four legal scholars, three of whom said they saw grounds for impeachment.

The president continues to dismiss the impeachment process, and the White House has declined to participate.

“In this case there was no crime whatsoever, not even a little tiny crime,” Trump said last week while in London, defending himself.

Cicilline disagrees.

“This really is what our Founders spoke about when they were speaking about impeachment, about an abuse of power, about using the power of the presidency to advance your own personal or political interests ahead of the national interest,” he told Wallace.

“Is it going to be just on Ukraine or may you look back at the Russia probe, and potential obstruction of justice there?” Wallace asked.

“Listen, I think all of the potential articles of impeachment are on the table,” responded Cicilline.

Some Democratic lawmakers in swing districts are saying they will not vote for impeachment. However, Cicilline says he believes they have enough votes.

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