Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ripped into President Trump after he blew up a scheduled meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday and lashed out at the Democratic leader for accusing him of a “cover-up” earlier that morning.
During an appearance at an annual Center for American Progress conference, Pelosi said Trump came into the room focused on her “cover-up” remark.
“In an orchestrated – almost to an ‘oh, poor baby’ point of view – he came into the room and said that I said that he was engaged in a cover-up and he couldn’t possibly engage in a conversation on infrastructure as long as we are investigating him,” Pelosi told the audience.
Pelosi doubled-down on her claim of a “cover-up,” saying that “the fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he’s engaged in a cover-up. And that could be an impeachable offense.”
Pelosi questioned the timing of Trump declaring that he could not work with Democrats on an infrastructure bill until they stopped investigating him, noting that the probes began when the party took over the House in January. Trump initially met with Democratic leaders in late April, where they agreed to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure plan.
“Now, we’ve been investigating him since we took over the majority. So there’s nothing new in that,” she said.
After blowing up the nearly 3-minute-long meeting, Trump marched out into the Rose Garden, where reporters had been gathered, and delivered an angry statement demanding that Democrats “get these phony investigations over with.”
Trump declared that they could not legislate and investigate at the same time. “We’re going to go down one track at a time,” he said.
Addressing Trump’s Rose Garden appearance, where he spoke behind a podium with a sign saying “no collusion” and “no obstruction,” Pelosi suggested his move wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. She said it appeared that the visuals “obviously were planned long before” the meeting.