Trump cuts off infrastructure talks with Democrats, demands end to investigations

Trump cuts off infrastructure talks with Democrats, demands end to investigations

Trump cuts off infrastructure talks with Democrats, demands end to investigations

"And I would blame them". Trump made them wait for 15 minutes.

"The House Democratic caucus is not on a path to impeachment - and that's where he wants us to be", the veteran Democrat said.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Trump later told reporters in the Rose Garden that if House Democrats continued to investigate him, there would be no deal on infrastructure and pointedly said: "I don't do cover-ups".

Expressing her own dislike for Pelosi, Conway complained that the veteran legislator "treats me like I'm either her maid or her driver or her make-up artist". I'd be really good at that - that's what I do. "But you know what, you can't do it under these circumstances".

"If you have one branch of government disregard the authority of the other branches of government, you are taking away those checks and balances", Jayapal said.

Mueller's report cited 11 instances of possible obstruction of the investigation by the president, saying that "while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him".

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on MSNBC that the president is "an erratic, helter-skelter, get-nothing-done" leader.

Immediately before that meeting, however, Pelosi attacked the president by telling reporters he was "engaged in a cover-up" in reference to the House of Representatives' investigations against him.

Similarly, on Tuesday, former White House counsel Don McGahn failed to appear before the committee in response to a subpoena after the White House dropped its assertion of executive privilege and asserted an even more sweeping position of defiance, claiming that top advisers to the president could never be compelled to testify before a congressional committee, not only during their time at the White House, but indefinitely afterwards.

"The White House is just crying out for impeachment, that's why he flipped yesterday", Ms Pelosi said.

Trump's stunt was calculated to goad Democrats into an uncomfortable and ultimately untenable position.

House Democrats are also pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders to act.

Earlier on Wednesday, after a closed-door meeting with all House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said House Democrats "believe the President of the United States is engaged in a cover-up". They went to the former communications Director in the White house, Hope Hicks, and Annie Donaldson, a close associate of his McGahns.

Still, Trump himself has expressed a leeriness of what he calls "the I-word".

She has argued in favor of keeping the focus on educating the public through the court process and congressional probes to "get the truth and facts to the American people", rather than leaping to impeachment.

Trump continues to spar with congressional Democrats over access to his business and financial records from the years prior to his presidency when he was widely known as a NY real estate mogul.

Trump is doing himself few favors.

"It is not possible for them to investigate and legislate at the same time" because Democrats are focused on a "fishing expedition" regarding the Russian Federation report, he added.

Trump's meeting with the Democratic leaders of Congress on Wednesday followed a similar one held on April 30.

Trump then headed to the Rose Garden, where reporters had gathered with little advance notice.

Vulnerable Republicans up for re-election in swing states next year understand that they still have an entire must-do list to accomplish this year, investigations or not.

Disaster aid bills are invariably bipartisan, but this round has bogged down. The remarks appeared to have infuriated Trump. John Kennedy of Louisiana took to the floor on Wednesday to blast the GOP-led Senate for failing to accomplish anything legislatively so far this session.

"I expect these legal victories to continue as Congress exercises our constitutional oversight responsibilities", DelBene, D-Medina, said. "Other than the nominations, which are important, we have done nothing". "That was all she said and then she stormed out". He as well as Pelosi accused Trump, to use the parliamentary investigations as a pretext.

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