Now that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is concluded, it represents a "closed chapter," while the fight for Obamacare is a "new chapter," House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Tuesday.
However, the South Carolina Democrat stressed on CNN's "New Day" that his party's lawmakers will still investigate whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice at some point "down the road."
"I believe that the Mueller report has been done," Clyburn said. "This administration opened a new chapter when it moved to invalidate the Affordable Care Act."
Monday, the Trump administration said it thinks the entire ACA, or Obamacare, is unconstitutional through a filing with a federal appeals court in which the Justice Department said it agrees with a Texas federal judge's ruling invalidating the controversial law.
Healthcare is the " number one thing" on Americans' minds, said Clyburn.
"People are worried, especially in my part of the country about children being born with diabetes and how they are going to get health care," said Clyburn. "People are worried about themselves. Prostate cancer is prevalent in the low country of South Carolina. And breast cancer. How are they going to get medical treatment they need? For this administration to open the chapter, I think we have to reconnect our conversations with the American people."
He said he's spoken to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nader, D-N.Y., and Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and both will "get into" investigations concerning obstruction, but "it may be that [those investigations] are chapter five, six [in the story]. But let's get to chapter two and three at this point."
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