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 CicillinePelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Nadler considering holding Lewandowski in contempt Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing MORE (D-R.I.) said Sunday he didn’t have “any difficulty” with a report that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul MORE (D-Calif.) said she wanted to see President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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.

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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 MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation 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 NadlerPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime Lewandowski says he's under no obligation to speak truthfully to the media 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.