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 CicillineHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets House investigators receive initial documents from top tech companies Celebrating the LGBTQ contribution to progress in business 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 TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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 McConnellPatient advocates launch drug pricing ad campaign Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs War of words at the White House 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.