Donald Trump Engaged In "Cover-Up", Says US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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She said Trump was engaged in a "cover-up" by refusing to permit former aides to testify before Congress or produce documents subpoenaed by a number of committees.

Sanders said, "It's real simple, you can't go down two tracks". Schumer and Pelosi were waiting for him.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said it was irresponsible of Pelosi to use incendiary language ahead of a long-scheduled meeting with the president. Trump has ordered his administration to stop complying with House Democrats' probes, stonewalling efforts across the board while challenging the legislative body's basic constitutional role of oversight.

"I want to do it more than you want to do it".

If Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were serious about infrastructure, Conway reasoned, they could have stayed and talked to her or to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. "Get these phony investigations over with".

Without ever shaking anyone's hand, or even taking a seat, Trump turned and left the three-minute meeting.

"I don't do coverups", Trump fumed.

Trump took to Twitter to deliver his analysis of the opposition.

"For some reason, maybe it was lack of confidence on his part, that he really couldn't match the greatness of the challenge that we have, wasn't really respectful of Congress and the White House working together", Pelosi said at a press conference after Trump's announcement.

In fact, the Democratic-controlled House has passed several bills on issues including firearms background checks, prescription drugs and campaign finance reforms - though they were dead on arrival in the GOP-controlled Senate. "He just took a pass and it just makes me wonder why he did that".

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He has sold his supporters on a belief that the system - secular society and the government - have worked to hold them down. Following his own remarks to reporters, the president retreated to Twitter to continue his train of thought.

"It doesn't look good for him to anyone but his hardcore base, and even some of them are gonna start saying, he's not getting anything done, '" Schumer said.

Top advisor Kellyanne Conway went on Trump-friendly television network Fox News to defend her boss today, saying that "he never actually raised his voice".

Pelosi, the leader of the majority Democrats in the House of Representatives, wants the investigations to continue, but has resisted the calls for an impeachment inquiry. John Cornyn, who called the meeting dramatic. "I just don't know".

While she raised the issue of obstruction, Pelosi also said House Democrats were not yet prepared to launch formal impeachment proceedings against Trump. They say it's not necessarily aimed at removing the president from office but to bolster their position in court against his blocking their probes with broad claims of immunity. Trump abruptly ended their session and then decried Democrat-led investigations in a Rose Garden statement.

A freshman Democratic congresswoman, Katie Hill, told the Associated Press after Wednesday's meeting that impeachment was "becoming an inevitability" with every act of defiance from the president.

Asked if lawmakers should be satisfied that they will get the information they seek, Sherman said, "I'll believe it when I see it out of the U.S. Supreme Court".

"We do believe it's important to follow the facts", Pelosi told reporters afterward.

Twice this week, federal judges have upheld congressional subpoenas for his records, at an accounting firm that handled some of his financial transactions and from Deutsche Bank, his primary lender for two decades, and Capital One Bank, where he keeps some of his money.

Some other Democratic leaders, while backing Pelosi, signaled that a march to impeachment may at some point become inevitable. Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen, who called for the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, said he could see both sides. "That's the nature of our constitution", he said.

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