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 CummingsTrump tweets, rally chant dominate Sunday shows as president continues attacks Sunday shows - Fallout over Trump tweets Cummings: 'No doubt about it' Trump is a racist 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 MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction 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 TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' 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 BarrUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Will Democrats be up to the task of publicly interviewing Mueller? A question for Robert Mueller 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 RosensteinKey numbers to know for Mueller's testimony 10 questions for Robert Mueller What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much 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 PelosiPelosi, Mnuchin reach 'near-final agreement' on budget, debt ceiling Wendy Davis launches bid for Congress in Texas Steyer calls on Pelosi to cancel 'six-week vacation' for Congress MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump says he will meet with Schumer 'ASAP' after border visit Dem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties 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.