DPCC Chair Cicilline: Democrats Are Taking on Corruption in Washington
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David Cicilline, Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), appeared on Cuomo Prime Time on CNN to discuss congressional oversight responsibilities and how Democrats are working For the People to lower health care costs, rebuild America’s infrastructure, and take on corruption in Washington. Below are excerpts from the interview. Click here to watch the video.
“I think the Special Counsel has to make clear, first of all, the investigation did not exonerate the President of the United States. That, in fact, there are ten specific instances of obstruction of justice that goes to the heart of our criminal justice system.”
“I really hope that this hearing, by both Democrats and Republicans, that they will approach it with the seriousness that it deserves. We should never forget, this investigation began because the Russians, in a systematic and sweeping way attacked our democracy. That ought to be a concern to everyone, Republican and Democrat alike, Independent. So I hope this hearing will give the American people an understanding of the seriousness of this attack and then the serious effort that the president made to stop the investigation.”
“We’ve passed legislation, H.R. 1, to respond to this, to prevent it from happening in the future. We didn't get any help from the Republicans on that bill, but we have to, of course, do everything that we can. We just passed additional legislation last week to secure our elections. That has to be our first priority, to make sure the American people decide who will be our president, without any interference from any foreign adversary. We have to do that first and foremost and we have done that in the House and the Senate needs to take it up. But I also think we have to hold the president accountable. Nobody is above the law in this country.”
“But our job is to make sure that the American people understand. This is their democracy that was attacked. They have a right to know that this investigation was conducted on their behalf. It’s important that the person who led the investigation report to the American people about his findings, about the evidence that he uncovered. And then it will be incumbent on Congress to hold him accountable. In fact, Mr. Mueller in the very final paragraphs of the report says, this is Congress' responsibility to demonstrate that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.”