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Cruz: House 'fully intends' to impeach Trump

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate committee approves nominations of three FEC commissioners Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday the Democratic House majority is determined to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE, regardless of the findings in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting MORE’s now-concluded investigation into Russian election meddling.

Lamenting what he called “extremism” on the part of the Democrats, Cruz cited remarks by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThis week: Congress races to wrap work for the year Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE (D-N.Y.) in an earlier segment on CNN's "State of the Union" that the House’s mandate goes beyond investigating crimes. Cruz added  that the House "doesn't care about the basis" for impeachment.

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When asked by CNN’s Dana Bash whether he agreed with Trump’s frequent characterization of Mueller’s investigation as a “witch hunt,” Cruz demurred, but said the special counsel's team included too many “partisan Democrats” and “went on far too long.”

“By doing that, it undermined the credibility and impartiality of the special counsel’s office,” he said. “I’m concerned that it may have become a fishing expedition… not a single person was indicted for colluding with the Russians.”

Cruz added that if the investigation concludes no collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia took place, “that’s good news for the American people.”

Cruz agreed with Nadler, however, that the entirety of Mueller’s findings should be made public.

“It needs to be released to the Congress and it needs to be released to the American people,” Cruz said. “This has consumed two years of the American people’s time and we need full transparency.”

Attorney General William Barr could share Mueller's conclusions with Congress as soon as later Sunday.