Pelosi says Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' - drawing his fury

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"I don't do cover-ups", Trump told the hastily convened press conference at the White House.

Using history as her guide, Pelosi fears impeachment proceedings against the president would be unpopular, as they were against President Bill Clinton, causing voters to rally to Trump's defense in 2020. The meeting lasted only a few minutes.

A rare bipartisan commitment between the White House and Congress to make a sweeping agreement on infrastructure has dramatically collapsed.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of planning the dramatic exit from the infrastructure meeting.

Mr Trump also charged his political opponents with "abuse" and railed against their invoking of "the big i word" - impeachment.

Trump said he told Pelosi and Schumer he wanted to work on an infrastructure plan, "but you know what, you can't do it under these circumstances".

Tuesday's move by the two well-regarded members of the House, who not only lead a large caucus but also have worked closely with Democratic leaders and interest groups in Washington and nationally, was described by Free Speech for People President John Bonifaz as a "tide is turning" moment.

"I personally feel like we cannot tolerate this level of obstruction, that if we do, then we have lowered the bar to the point where any criminal can be president of the United States and that should be unacceptable to all of us". Trump was due to provide the Democrats his ideas on how to pay for it. Schumer said when Trump "was forced to say how he would pay for it he had to run away".

As she exited the meeting, Waters said, "All I can tell you is I'm for impeachment, I've always been, I've never changed my mind".

Trump didn't mention the USMCA during the Rose Garden announcement.

Congressional Democrats have picked up the mantle of the inquiry, issuing a flurry of subpoenas.

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"He came up with this preplanned excuse". Hopes of a legislative infrastructure deal have been dashed.

If the current course continues, however, the two sides will instead be fighting over who should shoulder the most blame.

"I have no doubt that the President committed impeachable acts, but there's a reason that the founders gave that decision to Congress", said Khanna, according to a Democratic source.

In Mueller's investigative report, McGahn was a key witness regarding possible obstruction of justice by Trump. In January, he abruptly left a meeting with Pelosi and other Democrats at the White House to discuss the government shutdown he initiated after Congress refused to provide as much money for a border wall as he'd demanded.

On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said the department had reached an agreement to turn over some counterintelligence reports from the inquiry.

Former White House Counsel Donald McGahn is a no-show at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, defying a subpoena for his testimony.

On Monday, a federal judge in Washington ruled against the president in a similar case, finding that Trump's accounting firm, Mazars LLP, must comply with a congressional subpoena for Trump's financial records.

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A rising number of Democratic lawmakers have begun to call for an impeachment inquiry - a sign of increasing frustration with their inability to obtain interviews with and information from Trump administration officials following the release of the special counsel's report.

More Democrats are calling - and more loudly - for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying on Tuesday.