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 TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE over his firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon Time for Democrats to accept reality 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 NadlerNadler: We will subpoena the entire Mueller report early Friday Nadler wants 'the boss of everybody' Stephen Miller to testify before Congress Giuliani slams Nadler for 'diarrhea of the mouth,' 'lack of judiciousness' MORE (D-N.Y.) and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsElijah Cummings: 'I am begging the American people to pay attention to what's going on' Nadler: We will subpoena the entire Mueller report early Friday Dem House chairs: Mueller report 'does not exonerate the president' 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE submitted his final conclusions to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrEx-FBI official: 'Links and coordination' with Russia happen everyday Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction New normal: A president can freely interfere with investigations without going to jail 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 CicillineDems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings Washington in frenzy over release of Mueller report Hillicon Valley: White House rejects Dem request for AT&T merger docs | Apple, Qualcomm end massive court fight | Ecuador says it faced 40M cyberattacks after Assange arrest | SpaceX wins NASA contract to fly craft into asteroid MORE (R.I.) said Monday.