Clyburn: Question of obstruction of justice is 'still on the table'

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Tuesday that Democratic lawmakers plan to move forward with their investigation of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE over his firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Trump 'constantly' discusses using polygraphs to stem leaks: report MORE in 2017.

In an interview with CNN's "New Day," Clyburn said Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the House Judiciary Committee would continue their efforts to investigate whether Trump obstructed justice with Comey's firing. Trump, at the time, said his firing of Comey was related to the former FBI director's investigation into Russia's election interference and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.


“The question [of] obstruction of justice is still on the table. And that is something these committees will get into," Clyburn said, adding that he had spoken with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry MORE (D-N.Y.) and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCracks emerge in White House strategy as witness testifies Overnight Defense: Pentagon insists US hasn't abandoned Kurds | Trump expands sanctions authority against Turkey | Ex-Ukraine ambassador says Trump pushed for her ouster On The Money: Trump announces limited trade deal with China | Appeals court rules against Trump over financial records | Trump expands authority to sanction Turkey MORE (D-Md.). "They will get into that," he added.

Clyburn said that, as a member of other committees, his immediate focus would remain on fixing problems in the health care system involving the Affordable Care Act, as well as reaching out to Republicans on an infrastructure bill.

"It may be that [those investigations] are chapter five, six [in the story]," Clyburn said. "But let's get to chapter two and three at this point."

Clyburn's comments come days after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE submitted his final conclusions to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGiuliani says he won't comply with subpoenas from Democrats Barr bemoans 'moral upheaval' that has brought 'suffering and misery' Trump threatens to sue Schiff and Pelosi MORE on his investigation into Russia's election interference and possible obstruction of justice by the president. Barr, in a four-page summary, said Mueller did not conclude Trump had obstructed justice, but added that the report did not exonerate Trump.

Other Democrats have left open the possibility of continuing investigations against the president even with no intent of finding evidence of criminality.

“We may still have some responsibility to examine the conduct at issue here, even if it doesn’t rise to the level of criminality,” Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHouse investigators receive initial documents from top tech companies Celebrating the LGBTQ contribution to progress in business The Memo: Trump's rage may backfire on impeachment MORE (R.I.) said Monday.