Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) at a press conference on Friday challenged the media for their coverage of the investigation into whether Russia and then-candidate President Donald Trump's campaign aides were colluding in the 2016 election.
"The last thing we need—come on, this morning I sat on CNN—I said this thing has turned into a mess. I mean, we gotta straighten this thing out," Cummings said.
He went on to praise the Justice Department's decision to appoint Robert Mueller as the special counsel to investigate potential collusion.
Before ending the press conference, Cummings challenged the media to do their jobs in covering the Russia probe.
"If there is any moment that the press in our country's history has a major role, it is this moment. This is your moment. You have got to put it out there so people can understand what is going on. I have said it before and I'll say it again, this is about the fight for the soul of our democracy," Cummings said.
"We cannot afford to lose this one," Cummings added.