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 CicillineLobbying world Progressive fighting turns personal on internal call over antitrust bills Top Democrat leads bipartisan trip to Middle East MORE (D-R.I.) said Sunday he didn’t have “any difficulty” with a report that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.) said she wanted to see President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 NadlerBiden backs effort to include immigration in budget package Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Britney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator 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.