Dem lawmaker: 'Quite clear' Trump committed impeachable offenses

Dem lawmaker: 'Quite clear' Trump committed impeachable offenses
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Democratic 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 Friday that he believes it is “quite clear” in 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’s report that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE committed impeachable offenses.

“We know for a fact obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense. There’s no question about that. That is what is set forth in the special counsel’s report,” Cicilline said one day after the report’s release. “We have additional evidence to collect, but I think it is quite clear that the president committed offenses which would constitute impeachable offenses.”

Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, on Thursday released a statement calling the report a “damning document” that paints a negative picture of Trump and his associates.


“As I continue to read the entire report, it is already evident to me that this is a damning document that outlines a series of misdeeds conducted by the President and his associates," Cicilline wrote of the redacted report. “In light of his misleading attempt to spin the report this morning, it’s clear that the only reason Attorney General Barr has for keeping the full report from Congress is to protect the President.”

The 400-plus-page, partially redact report outlines 10 instances of Trump potentially obstructing justice over the course of Mueller’s 22-month investigation, including his firing of 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 as FBI director.

House 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.) suggested Friday that impeachment proceedings against Trump were a possibility.

Cummings said the accounts of Trump's behavior depicted in the Mueller report are "at least 100 times worse" than former President Clinton's actions in the scandal that led to his impeachment in 1998.

"He probably feels emboldened because a lot of our Republican friends who will not lift a finger against him — as a matter of fact, they have acted as defense counsel for him — they now say, 'Oh, everything's fine. We've got to keep on doing what we're doing.' Well, I'm in disagreement with that. We've got to go against this. We've got to expose it," Cummings said. 

Still, other Democrats have cautioned against moving to impeach Trump.

"We certainly need to continue the investigative work to determine are there other ways this president is compromised or are there other offenses that rise to the level of removal from office," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools Schiff: 'Anyone who cares about the rule of law in this country is nauseated' by Stone sentence commutation Many Democrats want John Bolton's testimony, but Pelosi stays mum MORE (D-Calif.) said Friday. "But here we are less than 24 hours after the report, and I think we need as a caucus to have a discussion about what's the import of this and what’s the way forward."

Cicilline on Friday shared a threatening voicemail he said he received after speaking out about he report.

“Hi, just a message for the corrupt, treasonous, piece of shit, f---ing Congressman Cicilline,” the voicemail shared on Twitter states. “F--- you, you traitor. I cannot wait until you’re rotting in a cell in Gitmo. F--- you.”

“I’m not scared,” the lawmaker said in response to the voicemail. “Our democracy is too important to let the bullies win."