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 CicillineTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Hillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency Democrats criticize FCC for not taking action against DC station broadcasting Russian disinformation MORE (D-R.I.) said Sunday he didn’t have “any difficulty” with a report that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Lawmakers push back at Trump's Pentagon funding grab for wall Malaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations MORE (D-Calif.) said she wanted to see President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister 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 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 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 NadlerTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Nadler demands answers from Barr on 'new channel' for receiving Ukraine info from Giuliani Trump predicts Ocasio-Cortez will launch primary bid against Schumer 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.