Trump launches attack against Democratic leadership on potential impeachment

Trump launches attack against Democratic leadership on potential impeachment

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President Donald Trump declares an elevated fight with Democratic congressional leaders who are investigating the president and debating whether to proceed with impeachment, May 22, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)
President Donald Trump declares an elevated fight with Democratic congressional leaders who are investigating him and debating whether to proceed with impeachment. He held a news conference in the White House Rose Garden late Wednesday morning after abruptly ending a meeting with them to discuss infrastructure. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

THE WHITE HOUSE – President Donald Trump called the entire White House press corps for an impromptu news conference in the Rose Garden to announce that he had just confronted Democratic lawmakers House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after she asserted earlier this morning that the president was engaged in a cover-up.

He told reporters: “I don’t do cover-ups. You people know that probably better than anyone.”

Mounted on the lectern in front of Trump was a professionally printed sign saying: “$35+ million spent, 2800+ subpoenas, 675 days, 500+ witnesses, 18 angry Democrats, NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION.”

The president declared: “No collusion, no obstruction, nothing.”

White House aides look on as President Donald Trump declares an elevated fight with Democratic congressional leaders who are investigating the president and debating whether to proceed with impeachment, May 22, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)
White House aides watch President Donald Trump’s news conference in the Rose Garden. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

Clearly fired up, Trump said that he had planned on meeting Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Schumer (D-N.Y.) to discuss infrastructure, but when he heard right before the meeting about Speaker Pelosi’s comments on a cover-up, he cut the meeting short and came out to the Rose Garden.

Trump said he would no longer meet with Democratic leaders until they end their investigation.

All of Trump’s senior aides stood to the side of the Rose Garden, watching on.

Doug Christian, The White House

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