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 TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE over his firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump on possible Roger Stone pardon: 'His prayer may be answered' How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed 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 NadlerTexas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks in federal facilities Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' Nadler wins Democratic primary MORE (D-N.Y.) and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFacial recognition tools under fresh scrutiny amid police protests The sad spectacle of Trump's enablers Democrat Kweisi Mfume wins House primary in Maryland 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE submitted his final conclusions to Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWe haven't seen how low it can go Trump lashes out at Toomey, Romney after Roger Stone clemency criticism GOP senator says Trump commuting Stone was a 'mistake' 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 CicillineNadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOJ whistleblower says California emissions probe was 'abuse of authority' | EPA won't defend policy blocking grantees from serving on boards | Minnesota sues Exxon, others over climate change DOJ whistleblower: California emissions probe was 'abuse of authority' MORE (R.I.) said Monday.