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Pelosi Says Trump 'Engaged in Coverup'

from Associated Press reports
Created: May 22, 2019 11:31 AM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that President Donald Trump is "engaged in a coverup," prompting a quick denial from the president.

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Pelosi's remarks followed a closed-door meeting with Democrats. She tamped down the push among some Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to discuss the private meeting.

The source said Pelosi stressed the need for patience and pointed to legal battles that she said have already found success in forcing Trump to comply with investigations.

Speaking to reporters later, Pelosi made it clear she's not letting Trump off the hook. She said Trump is "engaged in a cover up."

Later, Trump cut short an infrastructure meeting with Democratic leaders to make a surprise appearance in the Rose Garden, where he denied Pelosi's allegation

Trump said, "I don't do cover-ups" and declared that Democrats had to choose whether to investigate him or work together on the country's priorities.

He appeared behind a sign that listed the cost of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and Trump's slogans of "No Collusion" and "No Obstruction."

Trump says he won't negotiate policy with congressional Democrats while they continue to investigate him. Trump said it's impossible to negotiate on infrastructure or other issues while the inquiries continue.

Trump said, "You can't do it."

After Trump's remarks, Pelosi said congressional Democrats went to the White House "in a spirit of bipartisanship to find common ground" on infrastructure. She told reporters afterward: "For some reason, maybe it was lack of confidence on his part. ... he just took a pass."

She added that "In any event, I pray for the president of the United States."

The president has long criticized the Mueller probe and the Democratic investigations. Democrats are frustrated with the White House's efforts to block their investigations and stymie their oversight responsibilities.

Some Democrats urging impeachment say the move would not necessarily be aimed at removing the president, but instead to bolster their position in court as they conduct their investigation. Removal of the president would require approval from the Republican-controlled Senate.

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