Cummings throws cold water on impeaching Trump

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik suing Candace Owens for defamation Former Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Md.) in an interview that aired Monday on "Rising" appeared to downplay talk of impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth 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 PelosiPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level 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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