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Trump battles with Democrats as impeachment pressure grows

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What we covered here

  • Earlier: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi held a news conference where she addressed yesterday’s meeting with President Trump.
  • What happened yesterday: Trump said he can’t work with Democratic leaders while they were pursuing investigations into him and his administration. Trump ended a meeting with them on infrastructure lasted just 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile: There are growing tensions as Pelosi toes the line between Trump and Democrats frustrated by their stonewalled investigations into the President.
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Pelosi fires back: I'll work with Trump when the "extremely stable genius" acts more presidential

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi just responded to President Trump’s name-calling. (Moments ago, he called her a “mess” and said some trade policy is “too complicated” for her to understand.)

Pelosi said she’d work with “the ‘extremely stable genius’” when he starts acting “more presidential.” Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as a “stable genius” — back in 2018 and today.

Here’s Pelosi’s tweet:

Trump calls Pelosi "crazy" as White House staff assures press he was "very calm" and "definitely not angry" in meeting

President Trump called Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “crazy” and said she “lost it.”

Trump addressed the dust-up between him and Pelosi directly, dismissing the “nasty-type statement” Pelosi made afterward. 

As he did on Twitter this morning, Trump disputed the characterization of himself at the infrastructure meeting as angry. He said he intentionally maintained his cool “because I know that they will always say that even if it didn’t happen.”

“You all saw me minutes later, I was at a news conference, I was extremely calm,” Trump said.

After again taking a swipe at Pelosi – “She’s lost it,” he said – Trump quizzed his aides on precisely how calm he behaved in the infrastructure meeting yesterday.

“Kellyanne, what was my temperament yesterday?” he asked counselor Kellyanne Conway, who he said was present at the meeting.

 Trump soon turned to Mercedes Schlapp.

“What was my attitude when I walked in?” he asked Schlapp

The senior communications director said Trump was “very direct.”

The President repeated this with economic adviser Larry Kudlow, asking his opinion of the President’s demeanor.

Trump said Pelosi was “crazy” and waving her arms like an animated 2020 Democratic hopeful, Beto O’Rourke.

“She reminded me of Beto,” Trump said of Pelosi.

Trump then turned to press secretary Sarah Sanders to solicit yet another opinion of his temperament.

 “What was my tone yesterday at the meeting?” he asked. 

 Sanders told the President he was “definitely not angry or ranting.”

President Trump says USMCA "too complicated" for Pelosi to understand

President Donald Trump claimed on Thursday that his re-negotiated trade deal with Canada and Mexico is so complex that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can’t understand it.

“I don’t think Nancy Pelosi understands the deal, it’s too complicated,” Trump said during remarks at a farmers’ event at the White House.

Trump claimed “many” Democrats have informed the White House they plan to support the US Mexico-Canada Agreement, USMCA, “regardless of leadership.”

His swipe at Pelosi comes as the two leaders have feuded this week, with the President walking out on a meeting with her Wednesday after Pelosi accused him of engaging in a “cover-up.”

Pelosi: "I am" concerned about Trump's wellbeing and wish there would be "an intervention"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hoped President Trump’s family or staff “would have an intervention” and said she was concerned about President Trump’s wellbeing, and that of the country.

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

Asked by NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell if she was concerned about Trump’s wellbeing, Pelosi responded, “I am. And the wellbeing about the United States of America.” 

Pelosi says she will continue to use "cover-up" even if Trump doesn't like it

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would continue to use rhetoric like “cover-up” even if President Trump finds it inflammatory.

“I do not intend not to honor my oath of office,” she said at her weekly press conference.

Pelosi also told reporters she still would take a meeting again with Trump on legislation despite the blowup at yesterday’s meeting.

“We can walk and chew gum,” she said.

Pelosi: Democratic investigations could lead to Trump's impeachment down the road

CNN’s Manu Raju asked Speaker Pelosi if she could explain why she is opposed to launching an impeachment inquiry, as many of her House Democratic colleagues want to do. 

Pelosi responded:

“Let me be clear. The President’s behavior, in terms of his obstruction of justice, the things he’s doing, it’s clear. It’s in plain sight. It cannot be denied. Ignoring subpoenas, obstruction of justice. Yes, these could be impeachment offenses.”

She added, however, that she wants to “follow the facts,” which could lead to impeachment down the road.

“I do think that impeachment is a very divisive place to go in our country,” she said, “and we can get the facts to the American people through our investigation. It may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment or not. But we’re not at that place.”

Pelosi: Democrats are not on a path to impeachment — and that's what got to Trump

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is speaking at her weekly news conference and discussing her abrupt meeting with President Trump yesterday. The meeting — which was supposed to be about infrastructure — lasted only five minutes after President Trump said he could not work with Democrats as they weigh investigations against him.

Pelsoi said the fact that Democrats are not actively pursuing impeachment proceeding “got” to the President.

“I think what really got to him was that these court cases and the fact that the House Democratic caucus is not on a path to impeachment. That’s where he wants us to be,” she said.

Remember: Pelosi has long maintained she doesn’t want to begin impeachment proceedings. She has said Trump is “goading” Democrats into starting the process because “he knows that it would be very divisive in the country” and subsequently solidify his base.

Today, Pelosi also called the Wednesday meeting a “stunt” and a “distraction.”

“He is the master of distraction. We will all agree on that. That’s something he does well, to distract from problems that he has,” she said.

NOW: Pelosi takes the podium for her weekly press conference

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just took the podium for her weekly press conference. You can watch it live in the video player above (refresh if you don’t see it), on TV or CNNGo.

Pelosi warns Dems: "Make no mistake, [Trump] wants to be impeached"

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a meeting with her whip team this morning, said President Trump is egging Democrats on and they should continue down the path they’ve laid out, per a person with direct knowledge. 

She walked through the court wins as evidence the strategy and long game is working.

“Make no mistake, he wants to be impeached,” Pelosi said, per this person. “His actions are villainous to the Constitution of the United States.”

Trump tweets: Democrats are the "DO NOTHING PARTY"

President Trump has tweeted multiple times this morning expressing frustration at Democrats following their White House infrastructure meeting yesterday and his subsequent press conference.

Some background: In a “Dear Colleagues” letter yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi characterized Trump as having a “temper tantrum” during the meeting, which he continues to dispute today.

Today, Trump has taken to framing the Democrats as the “do-nothing party.” He also directed Democrats to “move quickly” in finishing investigations so they can “get the REAL work of the people done.”

Here’s a look at some of Trump’s tweets:

Nancy Pelosi will take questions at her weekly news conference

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will take questions at 10:45 a.m. ET during her weekly briefing with reporters.

It comes after a tense day for both Pelosi and President Trump.

The Speaker, before a previously scheduled mid-morning meeting with Trump, said that the President has “engaged in a cover-up.” She did not say where she stands on impeachment.

But Trump grew furious when he heard what she had said and cut their meeting to a short 5 minutes. He declared he wouldn’t work with Democratic leaders while Democrat-led committees were investigating him, then gave surprise remarks in the Rose Garden where he said he doesn’t “do” cover-ups.

JUST IN: Federal judge refuses to block House's subpoena of Trump documents

Judge Edgardo Ramos in Manhattan broadly sided with Congress’ argument that it has power to subpoena President Trump’s documents in investigations.

The House committees’ investigations have legitimate legislative purposes, Ramos said. He pointed out that legislation could arise out of the information Congress gets from Trump, and echoes how the House wants to investigate loans to Trump’s business and foreign money.

A federal privacy law Trump’s legal team had cited also can’t stop congressional subpoenas, the judge rules, in Trump’s challenge of House subpoenas of two banks he and his businesses have used. 

It’s not yet clear how Ramos plans to direct this stand-off over Trump’s financial records going forward, or what it means in practical terms. (Note: He is still reading his opinion from the bench.)

Keep in mind: Ramos is the second trial-level federal judge in one week to side with Congress’ powers in its pursuit of Trump’s financial records. 

A play-by-play of the Trump-Pelosi drama that unfolded today

It was a dramatic morning for President Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the tension between them. There were exchanged insults, impromptu media briefings and a five-minute meeting between the two parties.

Here’s how it all went down:

  • First, Pelosi met with Democrats: This morning, the Speaker of the House met with members of her party. The meeting came as more Democrats call for Congress to start impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
  • After the meeting: Pelosi called the meeting a “respectful sharing of ideas,” and insisted that Trump has “engaged in a cover-up” — but she did not say where she stands on impeachment now.
  • Then, she went to the White House: Pelosi, alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, went to the White House to talk about infrastructure with Trump. The President cut that meeting short (it lasted just five minutes) after telling them he can not work with Democrats as they continue investigation against him.
  • That’s when Trump went to the Rose Garden: Moments after the Pelosi meeting, Trump called a spontaneous speech in the Rose Garden. He said he doesn’t “do cover-ups,” called the Russian investigation a “takedown attempt” and attacked Democrats and the media.
  • And then Pelosi talked about infrastructure: Soon after Trump’s remarks to the media, Pelosi and Schumer held their own briefing. Pelosi began by talking about infrastructure — the topic she was supposed to address with Trump.
  • Since all that unfolded: Pelosi spoke at a Center for American Progress event and called the five-minute meeting with Trump “very, very, very strange” and “sad” — but said she wasn’t surprised it happened. Meanwhile, Trump tweeted that Democratic leadership is tearing the US apart. “So sad that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will never be able to see or understand the great promise of our Country,” he said.

Lindsey Graham's message for Trump: "Rise above it if you can"

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a strong Trump ally in Congress, just tweeted that he’s “never seen anybody treated this way.”