House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDemocrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' Trump slams Cummings as a 'brutal bully,' claims Baltimore district 'far worse' than southern border Overnight Health Care: Oversight chair plans to call drug executives to testify on costs | Biden airs anti-'Medicare for All' video | House panel claims Juul deliberately targeted kids MORE (D-Md.) on Wednesday implored Americans to "pay attention to what's going on" following former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE's marathon testimony before Congress.
"I’m begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on," Cummings said while standing alongside other House Democratic leaders during a press conference. "Because if you want to have a democracy intact for your children and your children’s children and generations yet unborn, we have got to guard against this moment. This is our watch."
The comments from Cummings came just hours after Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee about his nearly two-year probe into Russia's election interference and whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' 'Maximum Pressure' on Iran has failed — here's what should come next France urges Trump to 'not mix' digital taxes with tariffs on wine MORE obstructed justice.
Mueller's testimony remained within the bounds of what was stated in his more than 400-page report about his sweeping investigation. The former special counsel repeatedly declined to answer questions that appeared to go beyond his report.
But Mueller did reiterate that his investigation did not exonerate the president on obstruction of justice. He also dismissed Trump's claims that the investigation was a "witch hunt" and that Russian interference was a "hoax."
Cummings urged listeners not to accept Trump's conduct, or that of Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump campaign adviser praises Gabbard for suing Google over alleged censorship House panel seeks grand jury material underlying Mueller report Barr's talking points on the death penalty are misleading MORE or Republican lawmakers, as "normal."
"We’re getting so used to normal to this kind of conduct by our president and by our attorney general and by our Republican colleagues, that it looks like we’re just going to accept it," he said. "Well, we refuse to accept it."
"It’s not about, like, the president. It’s about loving democracy. It’s about loving our country."