Pelosi: Trump is "engaged in a cover-up", as AOC, Waters demand impeachment

Saul Bowman
May 23, 2019

According to Trump, he blew up the meeting because Pelosi had just beforehand accused him of mounting a cover-up of the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller into his alleged collusion with Russian Federation and alleged attempts to obstruct the investigation. This week, former White House counsel Don McGahn did not testify before the Judiciary committee despite a subpoena at the request of the White House. The committee is expected to vote on contempt against McGahn in June.

"You know I think what they want me to do is say, 'Well what we'll do is raise taxes, ' and we'll do this and this and this, and then they'll have a news conference, see, Trump wants to raise taxes", Trump said.

McGahn was a key witness in the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mr Mueller also described numerous attempts by Trump to impede the investigation, but stopped short of declaring the president had committed a crime.

Mr. McGahn was due to appear before the House panel on Tuesday.

The banks have taken no position on the legality of the subpoenas and are letting lawyers for the president and the two House panels, the Financial Services and the Intelligence committees, fight it out themselves. A redacted version of Mueller's report was released by Barr last month.

"The Justice Department has no place informing you about the potential remedies that Congress may pursue in the exercise of its own Article I powers", he wrote.

CNBC reported it was supposed to be the second "official sit-down" for the president and Democrat leaders in the U.S. House that focused on repairing roads, bridges and airports.

"This is becoming a regular event".

Congress has the broad authority to investigate matters related to possible legislation, but that doesn't mean that its powers are limited to probes that involve contemplated bills, Ramos said.

In the early days of Trump's presidency, few aides had more frequent access to him than Hicks, a former model and public relations consultant hired by Trump into the White House from his daughter Ivanka Trump's staff.

As the next procedural step, the White House has to submit a draft statement of administrative action that lays out the changes to USA law and starts a 30-day clock before legislation can be sent to the Congress that lawmakers will put to a vote. With an election 18 months away, Democratic leaders have so far stuck to the position that determined investigations of Trump will serve a better goal than a politically fraught impeachment effort.

Addressing McGahn's empty seat Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler said Congress "will hear Mr. McGahn's testimony, even if we have to go to court to secure it". McGahn's absence brought a new wave of House Democrats calling for Trump's impeachment.

Trump said Democrats were disappointed that the investigation that cost more than $35 million cleared him of the accusations.

And the White House appealed Tuesday against a federal court order for Trump's accountants to turn over years of his financial records to another House committee. Trump and the bank eventually settled the case. The list of Democrats openly calling for impeachment grew to lawmakers on May 22, according to a list compiled by The Hill. But senior leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have counselled caution for fear of a voter backlash that could benefit Trump. "Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report only enhances the President's appearance of guilt, and as a result, he has pushed Congress to a point where we must start an impeachment inquiry".

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