Pelosi: Trump is ‘engaged in a cover-up’

Pelosi: Trump is ‘engaged in a cover-up’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her weekly press conference on January 18, 2019 answering questions about negotiations to reopen the government and her denial of President Donald Trump to use the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union on January 29th. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), is pictured on Jan. 18. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Following a Wednesday morning closed-door meeting with House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of “being engaged in a cover-up” but she declined to endorse calls for his impeachment.

“It was a very positive meeting, a respectful sharing of ideas. And, I think, a very impressive presentation by our chairs. 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 — in a cover-up, and that was the nature of the meeting,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters.

The meeting comes amid a battle between House Democrats and the White House over subpoenas that seek testimony and information from former administration officials about Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

On Tuesday, former White House Counsel Don McGahn II refused to comply with a subpoena to appear before the House Judiciary Committee. The committee met anyway and Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) threatened to go to court to enforce the subpoena, which was issued on April 22.

McGahn’s lawyers had notified the committee on Monday that their client would not appear.

The White House invoked executive privilege to block McGahn’s testimony and to protect the un-redacted version of Mueller’s report on the investigation, which the committee subpoenaed on April 19.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that Nadler’s desire for McGahn to appear is purely political.

Earlier this month, the committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for his refusal to comply with a subpoena to turn over the un-redacted report.

Mueller said in his report that he did not find any evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Mueller did not make a determination as to whether obstruction of justice had occurred.

Republicans say the absence of evidence of collusion means the Russia probe should be put to bed.

But Democrats say more investigation is needed into whether Trump may have obstructed justice. They have insisted that Mueller testify before Congress.

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