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US NewsPelosi Holds Meeting Amid More Calls for Trump Impeachment Proceedings

18:15  22 may  2019
18:15  22 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was meeting with her caucus on Wednesday morning behind closed doors amid more calls from Democratic lawmakers to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

The battle between the executive and legislative branches escalated this week after former White House counsel Don McGahn declined to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee, on Mr. Trump’s orders to reject lawmakers’ subpoena. The move pushed more Democrats toward pursuing impeachment, frustrated with the White House’s efforts to block congressional investigations.

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President Trump has called Democrats’ investigations baseless, and again criticized their efforts Wednesday in a series of tweets.

“Everything the Democrats are asking me for is based on an illegally started investigation that failed for them, especially when the Mueller Report came back with a NO COLLUSION finding. Now they say Impeach President Trump, even though he did nothin wrong, while they ’fish!’,” Mr. Trump posted.

Pelosi Holds Meeting Amid More Calls for Trump Impeachment Proceedings © J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press The Mueller report concluded that there was no coordination or conspiracy between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia to affect the 2016 election results. It also said that investigators didn’t believe the evidence exonerated Mr. Trump on the question of obstructing justice.

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Mrs. Pelosi has counseled patience and assured lawmakers that the full suite of oversight tools in the House’s arsenal would be the best course to hold Mr. Trump to account for efforts to curtail special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. She has also warned of the electoral risks for Democrats of launching an impeachment inquiry.

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In the meeting, Mrs. Pelosi plans to give members updates from all six committee chairman tasked with investigating the Trump administration and the president’s business dealings, according to a person familiar with the speaker’s plans.

Mrs. Pelosi also plans to highlight a Monday court ruling in which a federal judge ruled that Mr. Trump can’t block a subpoena from the Oversight committee, which was seeking financial records from Mazars USA LLP, the president’s longtime accounting firm. Democrats celebrated the ruling, as it was the first of Trump’s attempts to thwart congressional subpoenas to be decided in court.

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Mrs. Pelosi is still trying to steer Democrats toward a legislative agenda, and will head to the White House to discuss an infrastructure package almost immediately after discussing impeachment.

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Mr. Trump poured cold water on Democratic lawmakers’ hopes for an infrastructure package soon, sending a letter late on Tuesday to Mrs. Pelosi and  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying that Congress should approve his trade deal with Canada and Mexico before taking up infrastructure legislation.

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