Elijah Cummings: 'I am begging the American people to pay attention to what's going on'

Elijah Cummings: 'I am begging the American people to pay attention to what's going on'
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Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene Cummings5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations Republicans defend drug company in spotlight over HIV medication prices Advocate praises Warren's opioid proposal: 'The scale of the plan is absolutely right' MORE (D-Md.) said Friday he's "begging the American people to pay attention to what's going on" the day after the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s report. 

“I think we are in a very difficult time in this country’s history and I’m begging the American people to pay attention to what’s going on," the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Cummings is leading that panel's investigations into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE.

"And I often say that people are going to look back at this time 200 years from now and ask the question, ‘What did you do to reverse this?’” he said.

Cummings also ripped Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Schiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence Trump fires back at 'loser' GOP lawmaker who said he'd engaged in 'impeachable conduct' MORE for saying Trump did not obstruct any investigations into Russian election interference when the Mueller report declined to take a stance regarding obstruction of justice.

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“I just found that Attorney General Barr went overboard in trying to represent the president when he should have been representing the people of the United States of America,” he said.

Democrats have seized on Barr’s determination, saying he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinKlobuchar: 'Don't think' there are reasons to investigate Mueller probe's origins Democrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Barr dismisses contempt vote as part of 'political circus' MORE mischaracterized Mueller’s report. 

"Special Counsel Mueller's report paints a disturbing picture of a president who has been weaving a web of deceit, lies and improper behavior and acting as if the law doesn't apply to him. But if you hadn't read the report and listened only to Mr. Barr, you wouldn't have known any of that because Mr. Barr has been so misleading," Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer wants investigation into Chinese-designed New York subway cars Getting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (N.Y.) said in a joint statement Thursday.  

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Friday morning subpoenaed the Justice Department for the Mueller’s unredacted report and his underlying evidence.

“The special prosecutor made very clear that he couldn’t reach a determination on obstruction of justice basically because of certain Justice Department guidelines which didn’t allow him to do that but that he laid it out for Congress to do. Not for the Attorney General to arrogate to himself the power to do,” he said Friday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Cummings said he intends to assist the Judiciary and the Intelligence committees with any upcoming probes related to the administration and the Mueller report.