Trump, Pelosi clash as impeachment calls grow

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Published on May 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:49s

Trump, Pelosi clash as impeachment calls grow

President Donald Trump fired back on Wednesday at U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusation that he is engaged in a cover-up over the Mueller Russia investigation, saying at a hastily arranged White House appearance, "I don't do cover-ups." Nathan Frandino has more.

Trump, Pelosi clash as impeachment calls grow

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REP.

NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE SPEAKER, SAYING: "And we believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover up." (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "I don't do coverups." The bitter clash over the stonewalling of investigations by the White House reached new heights of acrimony on Wednesday, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump exchanged angry taunts and accusations.

After meeting with Democrats about possible impeachment, Pelosi used language associated with Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal, accusing Trump of covering up his behavior in office.

Only an hour later, Trump WALKED OUT of a meeting with PELOSI AND OTHER top Democrats and lashed BACK in the Rose Garden.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "This whole thing was a takedown attempt at the president of the United States." Trump said he would not work with Democrats on infrastructure or other issues, unless the investigations against him came to a halt.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "But you know what?

You can't do it under these circumstances, so get these phony investigations over with." The blowup at the White House came amid a growing number of angry Democrats who are pushing Pelosi to open an IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY against Trump.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REP.

MAXINE WATERS, (D) CALIFORNIA, SAYING: "I've never backed up.

I've never changed my mind.

I think he should be impeached.

Yeah." (SOUNDBITE) (English) REP.

SETH MOULTON, (D) MASSACHUSETTS, SAYING: "Because I think there's ample evidence that we should be having this debate in Congress and before the American people." (SOUNDBITE) (English) REP.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, (D) NEW YORK, SAYING: "At a certain point, this is no longer about politics.

This is about upholding the rule of law." The last straw for some: former White House Counsel Don McGahn's failure to appear under subpoena at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.

(SOUDNBITE) (English) REP.

JERROLD NADLER, (D) NEW YORK, SAYING: "Our subpoenas are not optional." Trump is blocking multiple congressional investigations by ignoring subpoenas, refusing to allow current and former advisers to testify, and not handing over documents, steps that have ignited a confrontation with Congress.

He's long denied any wrongdoing.

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