Cicilline on Trump investigations versus legislation: 'We have to do both'

Cicilline on Trump investigations versus legislation: 'We have to do both'
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Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineNew report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium Five takeaways from Big Tech's blowout earnings What factors will shape Big Tech regulation? MORE (D-R.I.) said Democrats can and must balance investigating the Trump administration and their legislative priorities amid mixed messaging about whether the House is engaged in an impeachment investigation of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE.

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“We’re going to follow the facts where they take us” in investigating the administration, Cicilline told “Fox News Sunday” guest host Bill Hemmer, but “we’ve passed over 250 pieces of legislation [and] 80 percent of those bills are sitting on [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' Overnight Health Care: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal | US records deadliest day of summer | Georgia governor drops lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal MORE’s desk- there’s not nearly enough coverage of that but the real story is we’re doing both things.”

“We have to do both,” Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, added.

Cicilline told Hemmer, who noted that impeachment never even came up in the third Democratic debate Thursday, that the House’s Democratic majority had been elected in part to investigate issues such as Trump potentially profiting from his businesses in office.

“The American people expect that those of us who have the privilege of serving in government, from the president on down, are acting in the public interest, not in their own self-interest. They want to be sure that people are held accountable and no one is above the law,” he told Hemmer.

“The American people elected us to do both things to deliver on the important priorities in their lives and to make sure government is working for them,” he added.