Washington – Trump Demands End To Russia Probes, Walks Out Of Dem Meeting

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    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the U.S. Congress into himself and his administration in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Leah MillisWashington – 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.

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    19 COMMENTS

    1. The cost of Trump is his attempt to destroy American democracy. Everyone admits he lies and has no morals. His dismal appointees won’t testify in Congress. His own bank determined he was money laundering. His coverup has been exposed. He is a gross carnival barker. Feh.

      • Wrong you fool. its the cost of you dems not willing to concede the 2016 elections and not letting him live.

        Everyone admits he lies and has no morals.

        Yes and we knew that in 2016 yet voted for him anyhow. You dems have no permission to go against the will of we the people. And don’t you start with foolish popular vote narishkietn. The way the rules were you needed electoral not popular. You can’t say those are the rules and thats how you should campiagn yet come with complanits later. Its we the people bec the electoral college was set up like this. And geographically its more we the people. Key point we voted for him and its not congersses job to investigate his personal pre 2016 taxes. That has nothing to do with governing.

        Great move Trump. Continue to drive those idiots nuts. Its war.

        • WILL OF THE PEOPLE, MY FOOT! THE POPULAR VOTE IS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. JUST BECAUSE THE RULES ARE THIS WAY DOESN’T MEAN THEY ARE FAIR! (IN FACT, A ONE-VOTE-PER-VOTER SYSTEM IS INHERENTLY MATHEMATICALLY FLAWED!)
          I HOPE YOUR DENTIST DIAGNOSES YOU WITH IRREVERSIBLE PULPITIS, PULLS OUT THE TOOTH, AND THEN SAYS OOPS IT WAS JUST A CAVITY, AND THEN YOU CRY OVER THE LOSS OF A TOOTH THAT YOU COULD HAVE SAVED, AND THE TOOTH FAIRY REFUSES TO GIVE YOU MONEY FOR IT BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGES, SO SHE LEAVES YOU AN AK-47 WHICH YOU GET ARRESTED FOR OWNING, AND YOU MEET A REALLY NICE FEMALE PRISON GUARD WHOM YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH AND MARRY, BUT THEN SHE DIES IN A TRAGIC CAR ACCIDENT AND YOU MOURN HER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! YOU DESERVE THAT! THE PRISON GUARD DOES AS WELL FOR BEING ABUSIVE TO THE OTHER INMATES!

          • Most countries have rules that are not pure popular vote. think of Israel and its system of a govt forming via a collation of knesset members. That can also be not the will of straight majorty .

            And its reasoning is similar, you need to take into account different fashions and small pockets of society. Youi can’t have NY & CA running the country. That’s still we the people sorry. But that’s the way it is. And if those were the rules Trump played by them fair and square. Give it up sore loser you lost

            • ON THE CONTRARY, I WON MY ELECTION BECAUSE I CARE NOT FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT THE PRESIDENT OF MY HEART, MY WIFE KATRINA, WHO IS A TRUMP SUPPORTER. SHE IS ATTRACTED TO HIS ORANGENESS OF SKIN AND YELLOWNESS OF SPIRIT, BUT I AM NOT JEALOUS, I JUST WANT TO SEE HER HAPPY BECAUSE SHE IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE! STILL I DO NOT DENY THE TRUTH.

      • Wrong you’re a moron. You support radical leftist dems the party of evil obumer.
        They have don’t so much damage with 8 years of hell under evil obumer. Feh

    2. Hey mr feh take your anti semitic liberal garbage to different website…. obama keep your doctor iranian nuclear deal attempted coup on trump should be more concerning

    3. Trump’s assertion that Mueller determined that there was “No Obstruction” is an out and out lie.

      The following statement appears in the Introduction to Volume II of the Mueller Report:

      “…if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

      As I said elsewhere here today, the problem is that Trump’s populist loyalists generally don’t expend the effort necessary to educate themselves…they simply parrot Trump’s lies, and attack anyone who believes differently. He relies on a mindless, uneducated mob for his support.

      • Yeah for Yoni he found one Trump exaggertaion where Mueller didn’t say no Obstruction yet trump said it.

        Key point:
        1)Muller did say COLLUSION EXONERATED.
        2) Mueller never said “impeach trump”. He could have and that was his job to do. Thats not a prosecution by the DOJ. But he didn’t.

        Yes Trump exaggerated. We are very educated in what you wrote. Yet we still say NO obstruction.

        Stop with your uneducated lies and nonsense. We know what it said.

        • You say you know what the report says, but it sounds to me that you have not read it. Did you? I have.

          Trump did not exaggerate; he lied.

          On the larger question, Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy is right, and you are simply wrong. The report lays out many instances of conduct on Trump’s part clearly sufficient to amount to obstruction under the law.

          Incidentally, I am an attorney.

          • Did the report say “impeach Trump” yes or no?

            If no why not? That was mueller’s job

            Your an attorney like a loch in kup. You just convinced me you are a lair. (like all of a sudden you yoni and phineas are all attorney’s. Never knew VIn was a law Blog)

      • So your standard now is that Trump has to “prove a negative”? Believe it or not, the legal standard requires evidence, and if there was any then it was Mueller’s job to find it and display it. He failed. Just because the partisan Mueller wrote is such elliptical manner to make it sound bad for Trump proves nothing about Trump’s guilt, but does prove a lot about Mueller’s prejudice.

    4. since the Dems illegally nominated the corrupt Hillary over sanders and STILL lost the election as not enough illegal aliens voted, now they want to illegally make up lies to illegally remove this president. for 8 years a foreign born Muslim was ILLEGALLY a president who committed dozens of crimes, like fast and furious, Benghazi, email serves, back end dealings with iran and giving them cash payments, etc.. capo chuck hates trump since schumer is a poor career politician.

    5. The magical thinking of the trumpf trolls on VIN is a hoot. One yutz says its an ‘attempted coup’. Wonder where he got that original thought from. Sloppy Steve? Undereducated Bunker says trumpf lied and that’s why he voted for him. That makes sense. Undereducated has the morals of a dead waterbug. Another gedola doesn’t get the US Electoral system. He also doesn’t celebrate July 4th. Another schmutz says being anti-trumpf is anti-semitic. No schmtzic, being pro-fine people (nazis) is. Take the idea of smart ‘Yiddeshe kopfs’ and throw it out the basement window.

      • Oy someone is annoyed yoni? Huh? Why don’t your write like you wrote a couple of months ago a whiole rant how you are never commenting on VIN again bec we all frustarte you. Then the next day low and behold Mr. Pheanis comes on board and the next day you write your new wacky name.

        So will your write this time I will no longer comment on VIN? lets see some new screen names. Love the “just curious” new name.

        Its ion a yutz to say “attempted coup’. It has truth too it although not in the smae military coup way. Steve Bannon ain’t sloppy at all. The man is head on.

        Yes I vote for whats best for me and klal yisroel and yes my country. Right now we need a mad man who will rip apart establishment and yes lie to the liars when attacked. Thats how you win. Not crazy at all.

        Remember moderates on VIn seem to not be rare. Just count above

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