President Trump on Wednesday took to a podium in the Rose Garden for an unannounced speech to discuss the ongoing efforts by Congressional Democrats to investigate his administration - blaming the ongoing 'phony investigations' for scuttling bipartisan negotiations over infrastructure.
Trump began by refuting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Wednesday accusation that he is engaged in a "cover up," saying "I don't do cover ups."
President @realDonaldTrump says the Mueller investigation was "a horrible one-sided thing."— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 22, 2019
"These people were out to get us. The Republican party and President Trump. They were out to get us." pic.twitter.com/DOq94qtFvV
He then explained that he told Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that the ongoing investigations have hampered infrastructure talks.
"I walked into the room and I told Sen. Schumer, Speaker Pelosi: I want to do infrastructure, I want to do it more than you want to do it... But you know what, you can't do it under these circumstances."
Trump says he told Pelosi and Schumer that he won't work on an infrastructure deal until they stop investigating him pic.twitter.com/pqoaqPKxXM— Axios (@axios) May 22, 2019
No infrastructure deal, Trump says.— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 22, 2019
“I walked into the room and I told Sen. Schumer, Speaker Pelosi: I want to do infrastructure, I want to do it more than you want to do it... But you know what, you can't do it under these circumstances.” pic.twitter.com/pLFwkVryfK
Pelosi on Wednesday met with her party behind closed doors to discuss the latest avenue for impeachment, telling the press that House Democrats believe Trump is engaged in a cover-up in regards to the administration's efforts to prevent former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee.
"It was a very positive meeting, a respectful sharing of ideas. And I think a very impressive presentation by our chairs. We do believe it is important to follow the facts, 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. A cover-up. And that was the nature of the meeting."
JUST IN: Speaker Pelosi says "we believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover up" by stonewalling testimony for ongoing congressional investigations. pic.twitter.com/7ILMb95vZM— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 22, 2019