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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told her Democratic colleagues Thursday that President Donald Trump “wants to be impeached” so that he can be vindicated by the Senate.

Pelosi made the comments at a closed-door morning meeting, two Democratic aides told NBC News, who also said that Pelosi called Trump’s actions “villainous.”

The aide said that Pelosi was implying that she will stick to her current plan to keep investigating the president and his administration without jumping to impeachment, though she didn’t explicitly address strategy in her remarks.

“Let me be very clear: the president’s behavior, as far as his obstruction of justice, the things that he is doing, it’s in plain sight, it cannot be denied — ignoring subpoenas, obstruction of justice,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference Thursday following the closed-door meeting.

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But she continued to stress a focus on process. “I do think that impeachment is a very divisive place to go in our country,” she said. “Get the facts to the American people in our investigation … it may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment, but we’re not at that place.”

Thirty-two members of the House Democratic caucus have so far voiced support for opening an impeachment inquiry against Trump, many of whom came out in support of such a strategy just this week.

The House speaker’s message comes a day after she and Trump tangled over her claim that he had engaged in a “cover-up,” as vocal support for impeachment surged in the Democratic caucus.

“We do believe that it’s important to follow the facts. 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,” Pelosi told reporters in the morning, following a closed-door caucus meeting with Democratic lawmakers focused on impeachment.

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The president later cut short a previously scheduled White House visit with Democratic leaders including Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that had been planned to discuss infrastructure policy.

Pelosi said Thursday that the president pulled a “stunt” at the White House on Wednesday and “stormed out” of the room, throwing “another temper tantrum again.”

“I pray for the president of the United States,” she told reporters. “I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.”

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Asked what she meant when she referenced a presidential “intervention,” Pelosi appeared to joke about the 25th Amendment, which allows for a process that could lead to the removal of the president through the vice president and Cabinet.

“Statutory intervention? That would be good. Article 25. That’s a good idea. I’ll take it up with my caucus, not that they haven’t been thinking about it.”

Following his brief White House meeting with Democratic leaders, Trump held an impromptu Rose Garden event blasting her statement, and the mounting congressional probes into his conduct and finances.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” he said, adding that legislative cooperation would be on hold until Hill investigations ended.

Pelosi said Thursday that the president was clearly unsettled by the string of legal setbacks, an apparent reference to court decisions this week that would require the release of previously withheld financial documents.

“What really got to him was these court cases and the fact that a House Democratic caucus is not on a path to impeachment, and that’s where he wants us to be,” she said. “When he saw that that was not happening that — again with the cover-up, which he understands is true — just really struck a chord.”

U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled Wednesday that President Trump can’t block subpoenas House Democrats sent to two banks asking for financial documents related to his business. Photo: jane rosenberg/Reuters

WASHINGTON—The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is playing an unusually active role in federal courtrooms, where the fate of key Trump administration policies as well as the powers of Congress to investigate the president are at stake.

Douglas Letter, general counsel of the House, over the past two weeks has argued—and won—two cases involving congressional subpoenas seeking Trump financial records. That includes one Wednesday in which a New York federal judge announced his decision against the president from the bench on the same day as the hearing; typically days or weeks pass before rulings are issued.

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He has also argued a case on the legality of Mr. Trump’s plans to pay for a southern U.S. border wall without appropriations from Congress, and is set to present a second case on that issue Thursday in Washington, D.C., where the House sued the administration to block its plans.

“We’re going to do this as a traveling roadshow,” Mr. Letter joked Friday during an Oakland, Calif., court hearing in which he argued that Mr. Trump “cannot build this wall without Congress.”

The House general counsel last month argued in the Supreme Court against the Trump administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. And Mr. Letter’s office has persuaded a federal appeals court to allow the House to intervene in a case where Republican-led states are seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era health law that the Trump administration is no longer defending in court.

Other cases are likely coming soon, including a potential challenge to the Trump administration’s refusal to turn over Mr. Trump’s tax returns.

The House Judiciary Committee voted in May to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after he defied their request for an unredacted Mueller report. WSJ reporters break down what legal options Congress has for enforcing a subpoena. Photo Illustration: Nailah Morgan

Over recent decades, “the trend line seems to be toward an increasing amount of litigation between the executive and the legislature. We’re seeing a spike now,” said William Pittard, a lawyer with KaiserDillon PLLC who served in the House general counsel’s office from 2011 to 2016, when Republicans controlled the chamber.

Irvin Nathan, House general counsel from 2007 to 2010, when Democrats held the majority, said the current crop of court battles is unprecedented. “And it’s basically because of the scorched-earth policies of the Trump administration,” he said.

The legal face-offs are a byproduct of Mr. Trump’s deadlock with Democrats since they won the House in the midterm elections. Disagreement over a border wall led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, and when a congressional spending deal didn’t give the president the money he was seeking, he declared a national emergency as a way to access other funds without Congress’s approval.

Several House committees, meanwhile, have issued subpoenas for financial statements and other records from entities connected to Mr. Trump, saying the information is needed to evaluate ethics and conflict-of-interest issues stemming from the president’s personal financial holdings, as well as to explore questions related to banking regulations and any Trump empire links to foreign interests.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers have accused Democrats of using the subpoenas as a political weapon against an adversary they don’t like.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) tapped Mr. Letter, a former top appellate official at the Justice Department, to be the House’s top lawyer once Democrats took control in January. His Justice Department service spanned four decades, where he defended executive branch prerogatives of both Democratic and Republican administrations.

Now fighting for legislative interests, Mr. Letter in his recent court appearances has told judges that Mr. Trump views Congress “as just a nuisance” and is disregarding the constitutional structure creating coequal branches of the government.

The general counsel has started some of his cases by thanking judges for their time on behalf of Mrs. Pelosi, to whom his office reports.

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“Tell her she’s welcome,” Chief Justice John Roberts responded in the census case, prompting laughter in the Supreme Court audience. Courtesies aside, the chief justice and other justices went on to question the arguments Mr. Letter was advancing. The high court is expected to decide the census case in June.

Mr. Letter has enjoyed smoother sailing in the subpoena cases, winning two rulings on behalf of House committees this week. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C., ruled Monday that Mr. Trump couldn’t block a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee seeking Trump financial records from accounting firm Mazars U.S.A. LLP. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos in New York allowed subpoenas by the House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees requesting records on Mr. Trump’s business and family from Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp.

Mrs. Pelosi has pointed to the House’s early success on subpoena litigation as a reason for Democrats to hold back from pursuing impeachment of Mr. Trump.

Neither Pelosi representatives nor the general counsel’s office responded to requests for comment.

The House also was involved in high-stakes litigation when Republicans controlled the chamber during the Obama administration, though observers say there weren’t as many big cases all at one time.

The House in 2011 intervened in litigation to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, a law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriages. The Obama administration had abandoned a defense of the law and the Supreme Court struck it down in 2013.

In a 2014 lawsuit, the House, under Republican control, alleged the Obama administration was paying reimbursements to health insurers under the Affordable Care Act that Congress never appropriated. The House won a ruling that disallowed the payments.

A House committee also sued the Obama administration over documents it sought related to a botched gunrunning probe called Operation Fast and Furious. After years of litigation, the case settled in April, underscoring that a subpoena battle can have a longer legal life than a political one.

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White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday morning, claiming Pelosi treats her like she might treat the help.

“I believe she’s the sixth, or so, richest member of Congress, and she behaves that way,” Conway told reporters gathered on the White House driveway. “She treats me as she might treat her maid or her pilots or her makeup artists or her wardrobe consultants.”

Conway’s comments came after Pelosi, during an ill-fated infrastructure meeting on Wednesday during which President Trump abruptly walked out, reportedly told her she spoke to the president and not his staff .

“I told her, ‘Gee, that’s so pro-woman of you.,'” Conway said.

Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg said Thursday that he supports impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Speaking during a live interview with Bob Costa of the Washington Post, the 37-year-old South Bend, Ind., mayor said he would support House Democrats initiating the controversial proceedings.

“It’s very clear that the president deserves impeachment,” Buttigieg said. “And the case for impeachment is being built each passing day by the White House.”

Despite the comment, he said that it was “up to the House” to decide upon when or how to begin impeachment proceedings, joking about the power that Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who has not come out in support of impeachment — has over younger House Democrats who have been vocal in their calls to impeach Trump.

“I’ve learned, as a young Democrat, I’ve learned to think cautiously before offering advice to Nancy Pelosi,” he joked.

Buttigieg also touched on Rep. Justin Amash’s call for the president to be impeached. The Michigan representative is the first Republican to come out in support of the move. Buttigieg said that Amash was the “exception to prove the rule,” pointing out how Republicans have remained loyal to Trump after Amash’s statement.

He said that he thinks the best way to get Republicans to regain their “conscience” would be a strong Democratic victory in the 2020 elections.

“What really will matter most is the conscience of Republican senators,” he said, adding, “If anything is going to reunite them with their conscience in the long run, in my view, it is a decisive electoral defeat for Republicans in 2020.”

A RealClearPolitics national average of polls has Buttigieg at 6.3% support. Joe Biden leads the 23-candidate pack with 35% national support.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., continued to make the rounds on T.V. Thursday morning about the meeting he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had at the White House on Wednesday that was cut short by President Trump.

“I said yesterday we came out a lot the better than he did. And, as I said, I think the show wears thin, I think the lack of accomplishment, the do-nothing presidency sinks in. That’s going on the number — all the things people don’t like about Donald Trump, his bullying, his ego, his dishonestly,” Schumer told MSNBC.

Schumer said voters ultimately want a president to get things done and they pay a heavy price if they are unable to do anything that benefits the country. He said Democrats will keep trying to push for infrastructure legislation.

[Related: Pelosi: Trump infrastructure meeting was ‘very, very, very strange’]

Schumer recalled when Trump called him after the 2016 election to ask what Republicans and Democrats can work together on, which Schumer said infrastructure, to Trump’s agreement.

After the White House meeting ended shortly after it began, Pelosi said, “I pray for the president of the United States and I pray for the United States of America.”

President Trump has insisted he was “extremely calm” during his meeting yesterday with top Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“I was extremely calm yesterday with my meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, knowing that they would say I was raging, which they always do, along with their partner, the Fake News Media,” he said via Twitter. “Well, so many stories about the meeting use the Rage narrative anyway – Fake & Corrupt Press!”

Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had pushed back against the notion that Trump’s feelings were hurt by Pelosi, D-Calif., who accused the president of engaging in a cover-up. Following Pelosi’s remarks, Trump abruptly walked out of a scheduled meeting Wednesday with top Democrats.

“The president’s feelings weren’t hurt. She accused him of a crime,” Sanders told reporters on the White House driveway Thursday morning. “Let that sink in. She didn’t say, ‘I don’t like you,’ she accused him of committing a crime after we spent two years going through this exhaustive investigative process with Bob Mueller and his team.”

[ Related: Pelosi: Trump infrastructure meeting was ‘very, very, very strange’]

Trump was scheduled to meet with Pelosi and Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday morning to discuss prospects for an infrastructure deal.

“Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up. I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump told reporters in a seemingly impromptu Rose Garden press conference, complete with a new sign on the podium that read, “No collusion, no obstruction.”

The president said he would not work with Democrats on infrastructure unless they dropped their various investigations.

Sanders blamed Democrats for being laser-focused on the investigations and “unwilling and unable” to work on issues such as infrastructure or border security.

“It’s very hard to have a meeting where you accuse the president of the United States of a crime and then, an hour later, show up and act as if nothing’s happened,” Sanders told members of the media Thursday. “The idea of that is insane. I don’t think if one of your colleagues accused you of a crime, then you’d sit down and work on a story two minutes later with them and pretend as if that hadn’t happened.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday denied President Donald Trump had planned beforehand to walk out of a meeting on infrastructure with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., well in advance of the meeting, and called a “complete lie” that Democrats can legislate while investigating the president.

“I think he was very clear [Wednesday], he came out and addressed the press right after that meeting where he spoke with Speaker Pelosi and a number of other members of Congress where he laid out, look, it’s real simple, you can’t go down two tracks,” Sanders told CNN “New Day” co-anchor Alisyn Camerota.

However, she said Pelosi arrived at the White House an hour after she accused Trump of staging a cover-up, only to “pretend like nothing has happened, and let’s sit down and talk about roads and bridges. It doesn’t work that way. She knows that.”

Sanders accused the speaker of losing control of her party, and “at some point, she has to make a decision about what direction she’s going to take.”

She added the administration had sent a letter the night before about laying out the priorities it wanted to discuss in the infrastructure meeting.

“That’s another problem that we’ve got to get solved on the Democrats’ side is they themselves have yet to define what infrastructure means to them,” said Sanders, adding the sign on display during Trump’s Rose Garden comments had been printed several weeks ago.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen times, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked the witness for a yes or no answer on housing policy.

Not once did Ben Carson, President Donald Trump’s housing secretary, give her one. Instead, he mocked her: “Yes or no, can you ask me some questions yourself and stop reading?” Other times, he repeated: “You already know the answer.”

“I know the answer,” snapped Pressley. “Do YOU know the answer?”

It was a smaller pop in the epic struggle over who’s in charge in Washington these days, reflecting the dynamics crackling high and low across the battlefield of divided American government. Meeting by meeting, questions of competence, generational change, #MeToo politics, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, and the 2020 elections are animating the fight for power. Even as Trump and his top Cabinet officials refuse to cooperate with congressional investigations, there is evidence that newly empowered Democrats are slowly — sometimes messily — resetting the balance after Trump’s first two years in office under Republican congressional control.

This week alone, a selection of skirmishes big and small played out in public, including a Trump-size explosion by noon on Wednesday. In the span of three hours: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi jabbed at him, telling reporters that “the president is engaged in a cover-up,” repeating for emphasis, “a cover-up” — and breezily added that she was due at the White House for a meeting on infrastructure.

Two Democratic lawmakers stumped Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson in a hearing on Tuesday. They asked him about acronyms that relate to the federal government and housing. (May 22)

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On his turf, Trump blew up that gathering in under three minutes, refusing to shake anyone’s hand or take a seat. He announced he could not do such a deal “under the circumstances” of “phony investigations” — and stalked out. Pelosi then I-told-ya-so’d to the people still in the Cabinet Room: “I knew the president was not serious about infrastructure and would find a way out,” according to a Democratic aide.

“For some reason, maybe it was lack of confidence on his part … he took a pass and it just makes me wonder why he did that. In any event I pray for the president of the United States,” Pelosi, going on with her day, said later.

It was the latest sass she’d aimed at Trump after questioning his manhood, clapping and smirking at him at the State of the Union speech and, before that, forcing him to reopen the government without the money he demanded for his border wall.

“Nancy, thank you so much for your prayers, I know you truly mean it!” Trump tweeted from the White House.

It’s more than a public shoving match between septuagenarians at the pinnacle of American government. The spectacle Wednesday took attention away from dissention among Pelosi’s Democratic ranks over what some say looks like a march toward impeachment proceedings against Trump. But more broadly, it’s part of an ongoing tug-of-war for public perception about who has political power now and who should wield it after the 2020 presidential and congressional elections.

In hearing by hearing, across the warren of Capitol Hill, a new generation of House Democrats, including a record number of women, are transforming what Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin last month called “this relationship” between the administration and, in his case, the House Financial Services Committee. There, Mnuchin tried to goad Rep. Maxine Waters, the panel’s first African American chairman, into banging her “gravel” and dismissing him. In a widely shared video, she told him not to tell her how to run the panel.

Mnuchin was back in the witness chair before her panel on Wednesday saying he has no idea who wrote a confidential IRS memo that says, according to The Washington Post, Trump’s tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president asserts executive privilege. Mnuchin said he believes he was following the law when he refused to turn over six years of Trump’s tax returns.

A day earlier, Waters’ committee also was a class in oversight for Carson, and a chance for Democrats to question the former neurosurgeon’s qualifications to serve as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Freshman Rep. Katie Porter, a California Democrat, lawyer and expert in foreclosure law, asked Carson whether he knew the housing term “REO.” Carson seemed to think she was referring to a popular chocolate sandwich cookie.

“An Oreo?” Carson asked.

“No, not an Oreo,” Porter said. She spelled it back for him and asked again.

Carson replied, “Real estate,” and hesitated.

“What’s the ‘O’ stand for?” Porter pressed.

Carson said, “Organization.”

“Owned,” Porter corrected him. “Real estate owned.” She explained that the term, obscure to most anyone but housing experts, refers to what happens when a property goes to foreclosure.

Later, Carson later sent Porter and a family-size box of double-stuffed Oreos. She countered, “What I’m really looking for is answers.”

His exchange with another woman on the committee — Pressley — grew especially sharp.

“It pains me that your gifted hands and mine are doing the bidding and carrying the water of what I believe is one of the most morally bankrupt presidents in our nation’s history,” Pressley, Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman, began.

Quickly though, she demanded yes or no answers, “reclaiming” her time when he refused. When she pressed, he parried, “Reclaiming my time.”

“You don’t get to do that,” Pressley said.

Waters dropped the gavel. “The time belongs to the lady.”

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The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway said on ‘Special Report’ Wednesday night that Democrats are in a difficult situation following the release of the Mueller report. Hemingway said the base wants President Trump impeached after they were whipped up in a frenzy by the party that claimed they had concrete proof of Russian collusion.

BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS: Mollie, you know, after this meeting this morning with House Democratic caucus Nancy Pelosi came out and said essentially they’re not going down the impeachment road. They’re going to continue the investigations. And then after the Rose Garden, she gave what she just said there suggesting, well, maybe we are.

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY, THE FEDERALIST: Right. It was interesting to watch both of those people. Adam Schiff is someone who claimed in the previous two years that he had evidence of treasonous collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election which obviously is not true because we just finished the Mueller report and Mueller who had all the same capabilities and more than Adam Schiff did not find treasonous collusion.

You have Nancy Pelosi claiming that the obstruction is right in front of us and you can see it with your own eyes. And I think what they are really trying to say is we’re very frustrated that Donald Trump is president and we really wish he were not the president and we really have an angry base who would very much like to see him go. That’s fine. Impeachment is a political process. If they think they have a political case to make for removing him they should go forth with that. But, really this is a difficult situation for them because they have a base that got whipped up into a frenzy through false reports that they participated in and now they are wondering what happened. They put all their cards on this Mueller probe and came up with nothing and it’s very difficult for them to deal with.

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Republican leaders warned Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., may have hobbled chances of critical bipartisan legislative agreements after she accused President Trump of criminal behavior before a bank of television cameras Wednesday morning.

Pelosi’s accusation prompted Trump to tell Democratic leaders he won’t work with them on infrastructure or other bipartisan legislation. Trump angrily walked out of a White House meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Pelosi, earlier in the morning, had accused Trump of engaging in “a cover-up,” after she emerged from a meeting with rank-and-file lawmakers to discuss impeaching the president.

Republicans denounced the impeachment talk but said Pelosi’s cover-up accusation could imperil key bipartisan cooperation needed to keep the government funded or to accomplish wish-list items like infrastructure.

“That is major,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said in response to Pelosi’s cover-up claim. “That’s blowing things up around here. That’s kind of like dropping the nuclear bomb to come out and accuse somebody of committing a crime, and not having anything to back it up.”

The breakdown between House Democrats and the president comes at a critical time in the negotiations to secure a spending deal for the upcoming fiscal year.

Leaders in both parties were close to a deal with the Trump administration on Tuesday but talks broke down later in the afternoon and negotiators will have to hold another meeting, this time knowing Trump is now opposed to working with Democrats.

Both parties are also very eager to work out a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The accord must first be taken up in the House, where Pelosi controls the floor.

“It’s not a good atmosphere in which to do anything that requires bipartisan cooperation,” Thune said.

Pelosi and Schumer told reporters after the meeting they believe Trump never had any plans to work with them on infrastructure and was simply using the House investigations into his administration and personal business as an excuse to back out of an infrastructure deal.

Three weeks ago, Pelosi, Schumer, and Trump had informally agreed on developing a $2 trillion infrastructure plan but Trump would have to come up with the nearly impossible task of finding a way to pay for it.

Trump was expected to provide his financing ideas in Wednesday’s meeting. Schumer said he had prepared a 35-page outline on infrastructure. Trump, he said, appeared to stage the walkout, even affixing signs in the Rose Garden to accompany his address after he left the meeting.

“Now that he was forced to actually say how he would pay for it, he had to run away,” Schumer said after the White House meeting. “And he came up with this pre-planned excuse . It’s clear this was not a spontaneous move on the president’s part. It was planned.”

Democrats said Trump had no legitimate reason to suddenly end bipartisan talks with Democrats when the many House investigations of his business and administration have been plodding on for weeks and were active when Trump first agreed to the infrastructure deal with Democrats.

But Republicans believe Pelosi’s cover-up accusation pushed the president over the edge.

She accused Trump of a cover-up after leaving a closed-door meeting in the House basement with rank-and-file Democrats.

“We do believe it’s important to follow the facts, 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,” Pelosi said. “And that was the nature of the meeting.”

Democrats held the meeting to discuss their many investigations into the president and the possibility of opening an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi has steered the caucus away from impeachment but that has not stopped her from accusing the president of wrongdoing.

“Ms. Pelosi continues to slander him and I can understand why he’s not happy,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the GOP leadership, said. “Sometimes tempers flare around here and emotions get pretty high, but in the end we’ve got work to do and I think the best thing we can do for the people we work for is to make progress where we can. But that was fairly dramatic this morning.”

House Democrats are angry that Trump has refused to turn over his tax returns, financial records, and other documents to Democrats and has not allowed top administration officials to be grilled before House Oversight panels run by Democrats. Many believe his refusal to cooperate justifies opening an impeachment inquiry.

Thune said the pro-impeachment faction in the caucus in the meeting pushed Pelosi to attack the president. “I think she came out of the meeting and felt like she had to say something … and maybe she did it intentionally to be provocative, I don’t know.”

The cover-up accusation isn’t new. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., accused Trump on Tuesday of “conducting one of the biggest cover-ups of any administration in the history of the United States.”

But Pelosi’s status as speaker and chief negotiator elevates the claim, which she made on her way to the White House.

“I think it was unfortunate that Pelosi dropped that nuclear bomb before she went down to have a bipartisan meeting on infrastructure,” Thune said. “Hopefully when the smoke clears and the dust settles, people will be able to get back together and figure things out.”


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