Judiciary Democrat: 'I don't have any difficulty' with Pelosi 'prison' comment

Judiciary Democrat: 'I don't have any difficulty' with Pelosi 'prison' comment
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Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups Judiciary Democrat says small firms fear retaliation from big tech in antitrust probe Hope Hicks: Trump campaign felt 'relief' after WikiLeaks released damaging info about Hillary Clinton MORE (D-R.I.) said Sunday he didn’t have “any difficulty” with a report that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump says he'd win the election 'easier' if Democrats impeach him Democrats give Trump trade chief high marks Hispanic Caucus seeks to retain voice in House leadership MORE (D-Calif.) said she wanted to see President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE in prison rather than impeached.

“I don’t have any difficulty with those words,” Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday."

“It’s kind of rich to have the president complain about this when he began a campaign with ‘lock her up’ as his bumper sticker and led an effort to delegitimize the first African American president,” he added.


Cicilline demurred on whether he agreed with the substance of Pelosi’s alleged remarks, but added, “we’re not going to let the president engaged in a coverup” and cited a passage in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE’s report that Trump had instructed then-White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller and then instructed him to lie about the order.

“These are criminal acts, obstruction of justice, and clearly impeachable offenses,” Cicilline said.

He also waved off an interparty debate among House Democrats on whether to impeach Trump or continue several committees’ investigations of Trump’s administration and businesses, calling it “really a process question.”

“There’s … complete agreement among the House Democratic Caucus that the president must be held accountable, that no one is above the law,” he said.

Democratic leaders have attempted to maintain a united front amid Pelosi’s repeated opposition to impeaching Trump, with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing Hope Hicks: Trump campaign felt 'relief' after WikiLeaks released damaging info about Hillary Clinton House hearing marks historic moment for slavery reparations debate MORE (D-N.Y.) telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Trump may be eventually impeached but “right now, there doesn't appear to be the support for it.”

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.), the number three Democrat in the House, said last Sunday he believed Trump’s impeachment was inevitable before walking the comments back the next day.