Top House Oversight Dem says he will do ‘anything and everything’ to make Mueller’s findings public

Top House Oversight Dem says he will do ‘anything and everything’ to make Mueller’s findings public
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Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsWill Congress score headlines or legislative wins in next session? Pelosi agrees to term limits vote; insurgency collapses Black Caucus huddles as talk of term limits heats up MORE (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Sunday that he will do "anything and everything" to make the findings of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's Russia investigation available to the public.

"I would do anything and everything in my power to have the findings presented to not only to the Congress but to the people of the United States. I think it’s very important," Cummings said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Cummings, who will likely be the next chairman of the panel, also pointed to the results of this month's midterms — in which the Democrats regained the majority in the House — as evidence that the public wants "accountability."

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“In this last election, what the public has said is they want accountability and they want transparency. And they have paid for an investigation by one of our greatest public servants, Mr. Mueller," he said.

Cummings on Sunday also called on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report MORE's campaign and Moscow.

Whitaker, who was appointed earlier this month following the resignation of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsInterior chief Zinke to leave administration Trump, Christie met to discuss chief of staff job: report Chief justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation MORE, has previously said Mueller's probe was "going too far" and suggested it should be defunded. In his role as acting attorney general, Whitaker will oversee the investigation. 

"I would love to see him recuse himself," Cummings said Sunday. "Because I think the things he has said about the defunding the special probe and the many things that he has talked about with regard to his opinion, a negative opinion with regard to the special counsel and the process, I don’t think he is the proper person to be in that position.”