Cicilline weighs in on Mueller report, saying impeachment is on the table

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Rep. David Cicilline said Friday morning that impeachment is on the table when it comes to possible action by Congress against President Donald Trump. Cicilline spoke to reporters at his Pawtucket office about the Mueller report, and the next steps Democrats may take.

Cicilline called the report “damning” for the President, despite Mueller’s finding there was insufficient evidence to prove Mr. Trump committed a crime. Cicilline is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which issued a subpoena Friday asking for the unredacted report.

Rep. Cicilline said he is especially concerned by what he calls the President’s encouragement of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, and attempts to obstruct the investigation into that.

Cicilline hopes to see swift action by the House Judiciary Committee to further investigate the President. Attorney General William Barr will testify before the committee on May 2, and Cicilline hopes to have Mueller himself testify shortly after that, to walk lawmakers through the report.

As for impeachment, Cicilline says if that’s where the investigation leads, so be it.

“I think it has to weigh very heavily on us, if at the conclusion of our investigation we conclude that the president engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors. I think the constitution requires us to move forward. I don’t think we have the luxury of saying I don’t want to do this because it’s bad for us politically,” said Cicilline. “I think the Speaker has said we should never do impeachment for a political reason. We should never refuse to do impeachment for a political reason.”

Cicilline also called Barr’s conduct “outrageous,” accusing him of providing a misleading summary of the Mueller report, and using a press conference to further spin what’s actually in it.

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