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    President Donald Trump holds up a stat sheet having to do with the Mueller Report as he speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks to reporters as she departs after meeting with all the House Democrats, many calling for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying yesterday, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    FILE - In this May 16, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. A judge is poised to hear oral arguments Wednesday, May 22, 2019, over Trump’s effort to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks. The hearing occurs after congressional Democrats sought the information from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks during a hearing without former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who was a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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    Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., right, listens as Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing without former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who was a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. President Donald Trump directed McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena to testify but the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has threatened to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress if he doesn’t appear. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    A photojournalist photographs a name placard for former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who is not expected to appear before a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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    The witness chair in the House Judiciary Committee is expected to be without former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who was a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. President Donald Trump directed McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena to testify but the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has threatened to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress if he doesn’t appear. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., arrives at his office before a House Judiciary Committee hearing without former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who was a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. President Donald Trump directed McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena to testify but the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has threatened to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress if he doesn’t appear. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., departs a meeting with the Democratic Caucus where members heard from former CIA Director John Brennan about the situation in Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn listens as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. A House Judiciary Committee hearing will again be missing its star witness after the White House stepped in. The Democratic-led committee subpoenaed former White House counsel McGahn to appear for the hearing session Tuesday, May 21, but President Donald Trump on Monday directed McGahn to defy the subpoena. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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    FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2018 file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn, listens as he attends a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., speaks to reporters following a House Judiciary Committee hearing without former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who was a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. President Donald Trump directed McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena to testify but the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has threatened to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress if he doesn’t appear. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, and Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., right, speak following a House Judiciary Committee hearing without former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who was a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. President Donald Trump directed McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena to testify but the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has threatened to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress if he doesn’t appear. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing without former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who was a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. President Donald Trump directed McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena to testify but the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has threatened to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress if he doesn’t appear. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    President Donald Trump holds up a stat sheet having to do with the Mueller Report as he speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Published May 22. 2019 12:54PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly quit a meeting with congressional Democrats Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with them unless they drop their investigations in the aftermath of the Trump-Russia report.

After the truncated meeting with the Democratic leaders, scheduled for a discussion of U.S. infrastructure problems, Trump lashed out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her comment earlier in the morning on Capitol Hill that she believed the president engaged in a “cover up” of the Russia probe. The president then strode to the Rose Garden where aides had gathered reporters and TV cameras for his demand that Congress drop its investigations that are increasingly leading to talk of what he called the “i-word” -- impeachment.

“I walked into the room and I told Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi I want to do infrastructure,” he said, referring to the top Democratic senator, New York’s Chuck Schumer.

“But you know what we can’t do it under these circumstances,” Trump said. “So get these phony investigations over.”

Pelosi said Trump “just took a pass” on working on national infrastructure problems. She said she would be praying for him.

She told reporters after a private meeting of House Democrats that Trump is “engaged in a cover up,” even as she tried to tamp down some Democrats’ rush toward an impeachment inquiry in their showdown with the White House.

Pelosi and five of her top investigative committee leaders spoke with fellow Democrats after an increasing number called for the beginning of an impeachment inquiry following special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia election meddling and contacts with the Trump campaign.

Those Democrats say the move would not necessarily be aimed at removing the president, but instead to bolster their position in court as Trump has broadly stonewalled their investigations. Some two dozen House Democrats have signed on.

With her leadership team, Pelosi, who has resisted pressure to impeach, pointed rank-and-file Democrats toward the legal battles that she said have already found success in forcing Trump to comply with investigations.

“We do believe it’s important to follow the facts,” Pelosi told reporters afterward. “We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States, and we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up — in a cover-up.”

A growing number of Democrats, incensed by former White House counsel Don McGahn’s defiance Tuesday of a House panel’s subpoena for testimony, have confronted Pelosi and pushed her and other leaders to act.

Pelosi has said she believes Trump is “goading” Democrats into impeachment. And Trump appeared to relish the Democratic division in a Wednesday tweet: “The Democrats are getting ZERO work done in Congress.”

Democrats leaving the meeting appeared to be taking Pelosi’s words into consideration. Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen, who called for the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, said he could see both sides.

Of leaders’ reluctance, Cohen said “it’s a political concern rather than an actual Constitutional one.”

Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., freshman from a swing district, wants to let court actions play out a bit, and is undecided on starting an impeachment inquiry.

“I think that we’re seeing the drumbeat moving in that direction,” Hill said. The more Trump “defies us, the more that it’s becoming an inevitability. But I don’t think that the caucus as a whole is there yet.”

Inside the room, others largely backed Pelosi’s approach, according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the private meeting. Another Democrat in the room said there were no fireworks.

Still, Some Democratic leaders, while backing Pelosi, also signaled that a march to impeachment may become inevitable.

“We are confronting what might be the largest, broadest cover-up in American history,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday. If a House inquiry “leads to other avenues including impeachment,” the Maryland Democrat said, “so be it.”

But South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the House, counseled caution just before the meeting. A majority of Democrats would support impeachment, Clyburn said, “just not now.” He told CNN the House should follow a methodical process to get to the facts about Trump’s actions.

Amid the impeachment talk and despite Trump’s pledge to stonewall, there was one rare detente between House Democrats and the administration — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff postponed a meeting to enforce a subpoena against the Justice Department after the department agreed to turn over a cache of documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Schiff said the department “will begin turning over to the committee twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production.”

Still, Democrats are continuing to escalate their requests for information. The House Judiciary Committee recently voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after negotiations broke down with the department over similar materials.

On Tuesday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler issued subpoenas for more Trump administration officials — former White House communications director Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson, a former aide in the White House counsel’s office — for documents and testimony. The committee is expected to vote on contempt against McGahn in June.

McGahn is the most-cited witness in Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation report, recounting the president’s attempts to interfere with the probe. And that makes his silence all the more infuriating for Democrats.

“Our subpoenas are not optional,” Nadler said. “We will not allow the president to stop this investigation.”

Democrats are also encouraged by an early success in the legal battles , a Monday ruling by a federal judge against Trump on in a financial records dispute with Congress. Trump’s team filed notice of appeal on Tuesday.

But Pelosi’s strategy hasn’t been swift enough for some lawmakers. In particular, several members of the Judiciary panel feel they must take the lead in at least launching impeachment proceedings. They say a formal impeachment inquiry could give Democrats more standing in court.

“I think that’s something a lot of members of the committee — and more and more members of the caucus — think is necessary,” said Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee. “I think an inquiry, as the Senate Watergate hearings were, would lead the public to see the misdeeds of this administration.”

Others, though, including some from more conservative districts, said they prefer the step-by-step approach.

With a 235-197 Democratic majority, Pelosi would likely find support for starting impeachment proceedings, but it could be a tighter vote than that margin suggests. Some lawmakers say voters back home are more interested in health care and the economy. Many come from more conservative districts where they need to run for re-election in communities where Trump also has support.

Comments
I saw all of this. Speaker Pelosi accused President Trump of covering up crime. President Trump turned heel and walked out. Who can reason with those with Trump Derangement Syndrome? Endless investigations, election denial, false accusations, and fake news. End or bye, bye. Petty Trump Derangement Syndrome above country. Keep it up. Democrats have nothing else. Soon 60k will turn out at a Trump Rally instead of only 30k. Trump 2020...for sure.
TEN, examples of potential obstruction provided in the Mueller report. It is congress’s duty to investigate. If there is nothing there, then there is nothing there. Every president has actions in their administration investigated, trump needs to stop acting like a child.
Joe, we have been over this several times. In the book, The Russian Hoax by Gregg Jarrett he explains fully that these are process crimes. Process crimes are secondary and involve slight alterations in testimony rather than primary crimes. You repeatedly refuse to look at the valid explanation. Your misunderstanding of this exoneration of President Trump is on you Joe. The charges were a hoax. You need to stop acting like a child. Just because you hate President Trump does not give you right to refuse the results of a legitimate election three years ago.
Clinton sold America's uranium to Russia to enrich herself and her family.

Biden sold his influence to China for a BILLION DOLLAR DEAL FOR HIS COKEHEAD SON!

Biden threatened Urkaine with withholding aid if they didn't fire a prosecutor who was looking into Biden's son's crooked dealings.:

"Vice President Joe Biden threatened to withhold money from Ukraine but after a Ukrainian prosecutor dropped the charges against the company Hunter Biden worked for the threat went away."

ELIJAH CUMMINGS AND HIS WIFE'S CROOKED MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PAY-TO-PLAY SCHEME THAT MADE THEM MILLIONS;

MAXINE WATERS ENRICHING HER FAMILY WITH TAXPAYER FUNDS FUNNELED TO HER HUSBAND'S FALTERING BANK.

De Blasio's wife, Charlane McCray charity scam that lost 850 MILLION (YES, THAT'S MILLION) DOLLARS!!!

WHY AREN'T THESE CROOKED DEMOCRAT POLITICIAN CRIMINALS BEHIND BARS????

It's many Republicans and Democrats who are raping America and killing the Republic!

Bring back equal justice, and drain the swamp!
The judicial sytem is in ill repair. When a single district court judge can impose just one injunction, that effectively prevents our duly-elected president of the United States from fulfilling what he believes is his constitutional duty, things need to change. Judge shopping is another issue that must be changed.
BREAKING: Palestinian Authority culture minister Atef Abu Saif, is now urging his government to put our POTUS on trial. So now watch as the lame stream media gives voice to the evils of Palestine. The catalyst appears to be our recognition and honoring Jerusalem as the Capital of the Nation, Israel. This is all getting very interesting. Saif was quoted to say, " (Trump) foments crisis with every word he utters and wreaks havoc with every deed".
One other thing to remember, Palestinians already indicated they will reject anything Trump proposes. They must get there marching orders from pelosi and schumer.
Good find Mr. Meyers. Palestinians are always able to smile when they take our financial aid. This is a good example how the Liberals showing abnormal resistance to President Trump send indications to our enemies that America is not unified. This is how Trump Derangement Syndrome is harmful to every American. Foreigners mistake the mental illness in Trump Derangement Syndrome as general weakness and dysfunction in our government. The false indications of weakness give our enemies strength that they would otherwise not have.
The easy solution to this is to stop all funding to Palestine. They fund terrorists anyway. They will come begging to us then. American financial assistance is soon going to be merit based. Thank you President Trump...once again.
You are correct in saying that this Trump Derangement Syndrome is detrimental, as this story shows the end result. But the real problem isn't the PA, it's Islam. Dare I say that?
MAGA
Oh the poor victims, their lover daddy is being picked on. Not really, just another episode of reality TV for the gullible gutless fake TV president's fan club. Drumpf had the whole thing set up, miraculous signs became printed and hung in seconds after the meeting, no chair in the room for drumpf. Stayed tuned folks for the the next installment of The Celebrity Child Tyrant. The best thing is every and I mean every Tyrant always turn on those who put them in power. Kick his ass Nancy.
Trump was even in the hymn "It is well"...
ready? Sing!
"O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend;
even so, it is well with my soul." ( Refrain )

Has Trump resounded yet? How about you haters of Trump... how's your soul?
Stop pointing fingers at others, and concern yourself with self. Try that for a day.
LB you are a hateful rude nut job. How can you hate, President Trump, a man that you never personally met? You insult the President of the United States. Try that in China or Russia. Let us now point out your hypocrisy. How many $Billions are you worth? How many thousands of people show up for your Rallies all across the USA? How many buildings have your name on the side of them? How many people work for you? How many businesses do you own? Zero is the answer. You are a zero. You are consumed by hatred that renders you useless. Here you are, insulting Trump, while you rule an empire of nothing. Trump Derangement Syndrome on you fake brudda! Trump is going to continue winning. You are not, and thankfully, never will be President. Keep it up.

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