Trump refuses to work with Democrats unless they stop investigating him

US President Donald Trump's lawyers filed a lawsuit in April to block the subpoena saying it exceeded Congress' constitutional limits

Judge Mehta added that he felt Congress was following a logical path, seeking specific documents related to claims Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, made when he testified in front of Congress: "The decision to issue the subpoena came about after the President's former lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, testified before the House Oversight Committee that the President routinely would alter the estimated value of his assets and liabilities on financial statements, depending on the objective for which a statement was needed".

Later, speaking at a conference held by the liberal group Center for American Progress, Pelosi said Trump told Democrats that he "couldn't possibly engage in a conversation on infrastructure as long as we are investigating him". This week, former White House counsel Don McGahn did not testify before the Judiciary committee despite a subpoena at the request of the White House.

Pelosi has been resisting calls from dozens of Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. The committee is expected to vote on contempt against McGahn in June.

"I've said from the beginning, right from the beginning, that you probably can't go down two tracks", Trump said.

The president reminded reporters again that the Robert Mueller report had concluded that he had not colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign. The crime was committed on the other side.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and said he did not ask Mr McGahn to have Mueller removed.

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Democrats on Capitol Hill have launched a number of oversight inquiries into Mr Trump, stemming from a special counsel report into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A redacted version of Mueller's report was released by Barr last month.

Republicans derided Tuesday's session as a political stunt. "It's insane", Trump told reporters in an impromptu Rose Garden press conference Tuesday.

"This is becoming a regular event". But Democrats received a jolt of momentum in court Monday as the Trump administration refuses to comply with all congressional subpoenas.

President Donald Trump delivers a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Washington. "There is a real feeling outside of the national security council, across the board, that John has his own agenda and is undercutting the president's policies", another source close to the White House said. With an election 18 months away, Democratic leaders have so far stuck to the position that determined investigations of Trump will serve a better objective than a politically fraught impeachment effort. It's clear this was not a spontaneous move on the president's part.

The president's ire was piqued by a meeting of the House Democratic caucus earlier Wednesday, in which members discussed the possibility of impeaching him.

But other Democratic leaders held firm that impeachment had ramifications for the upcoming election.

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While some Democrats oppose impeachment proceedings, many appear to agree that an inquiry would give them a better argument in seeking documents and interviews from the Trump administration.

The hearing falls two days after a federal judge in Washington ruled against Trump, finding that the president can not block a House subpoena for information from a financial services firm that had done accounting work for him and the Trump Organization. Trump and the bank eventually settled the case.

A freshman Democratic congresswoman, Katie Hill, told the Associated Press after Wednesday's meeting that impeachment was "becoming an inevitability" with every act of defiance from the president. But senior leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have counselled caution for fear of a voter backlash that could benefit Trump.

Then, the House would vote for or against the inquiry. Before this week, the loudest calls for impeaching the president had come mostly from progressive members in solidly blue districts, she says.

The report found there was insufficient evidence to conclude that a criminal conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign had taken place. And at any rate, Congress has had access to the report with Mueller's own redactions for several weeks, which means they can make up their own minds about it.

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