Cummings throws cold water on impeaching Trump

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens Democrats lash out at Trump's bombshell remarks MORE (D-Md.) in an interview that aired Monday on "Rising" appeared to downplay talk of impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE if Democrats take back the House in November. 

"People have to understand that as a chair of a committee, my leadership style is to, I feel like, I'm almost like a judge," Cummings, who will become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee if Democrats take back the majority in the midterms, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. 
 
"I want to get the facts in. One of the greatest fact-finding folks that we have is Mr. [Robert] Mueller, our special counsel. I believe that he is doing the kind of job that he should be doing," he continued. 
 
"You look at the indictments, you look at the convictions, and he seems to be methodically and carefully looking at the entire situation. So we want to see what he's doing," he said. 
 
The congressman went on to repeat his call for a commission, similar to the one established after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, to prove Russian election meddling. 
 
"I want to make sure that we address this because right now we're not doing that, and we've got another election six weeks away. That's a problem," Cummings said. 
 
 
But House Democrats in January overwhelmingly rejected a procedural move on articles of impeachment introduced by Green. 
 
Senior Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments MORE (D-Calif.), have urged caution on the subject, saying there is not enough to justify such a move. 
 
"It’s not a priority on the agenda going forward unless something else comes forward,” Pelosi said in August. 
 

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