Washington (CNN)House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said he personally believes President Donald Trump "richly deserves" to be impeached, arguing Trump has "violated the laws six ways from Sunday."List: The 101 House Democrats calling for an impeachment inquiry into Trump Nadler said Sunday that, despite the fact that fewer than half of House Democrats support launching an impeachment probe, Mueller's testimony was an "inflection point" for the country and that as more evidence is uncovered the American people will come to "understand the gravity of the situation." But when asked by Tapper whether he agreed with California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, who said if Democrats don't "take action" on impeachment by September 1, "we should just shut it down," Nadler disagreed. "We have to do this, whatever time frame there is and we're doing it now. We're engaged in an investigation into these different alleged crimes and to whether the President violated his oath of office," Nadler said. The lawsuit, filed Friday in DC District Court, quotes Nadler saying that articles of impeachment "are under consideration as part of the Committee's investigation, although no final determination has been made." The language in the lawsuit was approved by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to a source familiar with the matter. Pelosi and Nadler have so far resisted the pressure from within their party to open an inquiry. Behind the scenes, Nadler has lobbied Pelosi.
CNN's Jeremy Herb and Manu Raju contributed to this report.