Angry Trump insists not in a 'rage' over row with Democrats

Angry Trump insists not in a 'rage' over row with Democrats

"I don't do cover-ups", the Republican President, clearly agitated, told reporters at a previously unscheduled Rose Garden appearance after his brief meeting with Democratic congressional leaders that Ms Pelosi described as "very, very, very strange".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reacts to President Trump's comments following his meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who accused Trump of engaging in a cover-up beforehand.

Leahy said he could not explain why Trump chose to accept the agreement, including the controversial money for Puerto Rico, after several months of objections.

The Democrats' decision to pursue the grey areas of the investigation further - and their discussing of whether or not to launch impeachment proceedings - has enraged Trump.

She added, in a tone of voice suggesting that Trump, if not Washington as a whole, was on the brink of a breakdown, "I pray for the president of the United States".

Trump's mantra is simple - No Collusion, No Obstruction, No Cooperation.

Ms. Pelosi said she was responding to the president, not members of his staff.

The clash marked a dramatic escalation in Trump's war of words with congressional opponents seeking to bring him to account for what they say is presidential wrongdoing.

"He came into the room".

Ms Pelosi fired back, "I'm going to engage directly with the President, not the staff".

"I tell you what, I've been watching her and I have been watching her for a long period of time". But she's been clear this week that any such finding could be worthy of a formal indictment by the House - that is, impeachment.

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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.

Trump weighed into that debate again early Thursday in a series of tweets.

But by Thursday, the White House's talking points turned to blaming Democrats for the apparent impasse on one of the few issues that have broad bipartisan public support.

If Republicans in Congress follow the president's lead and dig in their heels, a new round of budget crises could be on the way.

Jayapal, the lone member of Washington's 12-person congressional delegation who sits on the House judiciary committee, where an impeachment inquiry would begin, said that if the administration continues to defy House subpoenas and block former aides from testifying, then more and more House members may conclude that impeachment is their only recourse.

Of leaders' reluctance, Cohen said "it's a political concern rather than an actual constitutional one".

"Wow, that's really pro-woman of you", Conway shot back.

Trump said he walked into the room where Sen. "I do think we have a responsibility to find common ground".

Still, Democrats are continuing to escalate their requests for information.

According to the attorney general, William Barr, there is no evidence that the head of the White House obstructed justice during the investigative process, something in which his opponents insist. The committee is expected to vote on contempt against McGahn in June. And that makes his silence all the more infuriating for Democrats.

The president is trying to use his proposed (and entirely hypothetical) $2 billion infrastructure deal as a bargaining chip to get Democrats to stop their oversight of his presidency.

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