Dem rep on collusion: 'Impossible' to 'write it off completely' just going off Barr summary

Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineDems charge ahead on immigration Dems plot aggressive post-Mueller moves, beginning with McGahn Dem lawmaker: 'Quite clear' Trump committed impeachable offenses MORE (D-R.I.) told CNN Monday morning it’s "impossible" to "write off completely" the question of Russian collusion without the full report from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

A summary released Sunday by Attorney General William Barr said Mueller’s investigation found no evidence of coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.


Asked if this meant Democratic investigations going forward will focus less on the issue of Russian collusion, Cicilline said on CNN’s “New Day” that would likely be the case, but added that it was “a really impossible determination to make without reading the report [and] reading the conclusions of Mr. Mueller.”

If Barr’s summary is accurate, Cicilline told CNN’s John Berman, "We still have a responsibility to make sure we protect the integrity of our democracy and make sure we don’t allow the Russians or anyone else to attack us again.”

Cicilline added that House Democrats “may still have some responsibility to examine the conduct at issue even if it doesn’t rise to the level of criminality,” echoing comments by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerKlobuchar on impeachment: 'I'm the jury' Where 2020 Democratic candidates stand on impeachment Pelosi downplays impeachment post-Mueller report MORE (D-N.Y.) on CNN Sunday that the House has a much broader investigative mandate than Mueller’s.

Cicilline also addressed the question of obstruction of justice, which Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinPoll: Majority says Barr's summary of Mueller report was 'largely accurate' Heavy lapses in judgment are politicizing the justice system Top Judiciary Republican reviews less-redacted Mueller report MORE determined Trump did not commit.

“This is the attorney general of the United States, in my view, attempting to shape the narrative on the obstruction of justice claim,” Cicilline said, noting that while Mueller explicitly wrote that Trump was not exonerated of obstruction of justice, “Mr. Barr, in 48 hours, turns that around and says ‘oh no, I’ve looked at it, he’s exonerated.’”