Rhode Island Democratic Congressman David Cicilline told CNN Friday that the American people deserve to see the Mueller report, and he’ll take any steps necessary to make sure it’s made public — including opening up impeachment procedures.
Host John Berman and Cicilline were discussing legal and legislative pathways to making the Mueller report public should Attorney General Bill Barr attempt to suppress the report on behalf of President Donald Trump. Berman brought up the “historical precedent” set by Watergate Special Counsel Leon Jaworski.
“My reading of the historical precedent is that the reason the House Judiciary Committee was able to see the evidence collected by the special prosecutor was because a judge determined there was already an open impeachment inquiry,” said Berman. “Are you willing to open formal impeachment proceedings if that’s the only way to see the evidence?”
Cicilline demurred and said that the multitude of investigations into the president was enough “basis for Congress to demand the report”, but said he was prepared to pursue any legal angle.
“You are not at impeachment yet, even just as a means for leverage here?” asked Berman, pressing the issue.
“I can only speak for myself,” Cicilline replied, saying it was “critical” for Congress to see the report. “It may, in fact, have facts which support initiating impeachment proceedings and we cannot be precluded from seeing it. If we have to have a perfunctory motion to open it up in order to access those materials, I think it’s critical that we do it.”
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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team
On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.
"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
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To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.