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 CummingsNancy Pelosi fends off impeachment wave — for now House Democrats, Trump lawyers ask appeals court to expedite subpoena case Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech 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 MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller 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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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 BarrThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan House Intelligence enjoys breakthrough with Justice Department Schiff blasts Trump's 'un-American' order to intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe 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 RosensteinJake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Trump-Pelosi fight threatens drug pricing talks MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' 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.