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Pelosi: Impeaching Trump may become ‘unavoidable’ — but we’re not at that place

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Democrats are not yet ready to initiate impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump, the party’s congressional leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, warning that such a course of action would be “very divisive.”

The powerful House speaker, whose high-profile rivalry with Trump spilled into open warfare this week, also said the president himself is “disappointed” that Democrats have not launched formal steps to remove him from office because such a move could fire up his conservative base and help his re-election effort.

But she reiterated her position that impeachment was not presently the path forward for holding Trump to account.

“We can get the facts to the American people through our investigation,” she told reporters, referring to ongoing congressional probes that Trump has resisted.

“It may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment or not, but we’re not at that place.”

Pelosi reaffirmed her charge that Trump is engaged in a “cover-up” related to alleged efforts to obstruct justice regarding the special counsel’s probe of Moscow’s election interference and Trump’s connections with Russia, but she cautioned that “impeachment is a very divisive place to go in our country.”

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“The House Democratic caucus is not on a path to impeachment — and that’s where he wants us to be,” the veteran Democrat said.

Several Democratic lawmakers and 2020 presidential contenders are eager to assert constitutionally mandated congressional oversight powers as a check against the executive.

But there are concerns the impeachment tactic could backfire, energizing Trump’s base ahead of the election.

“The White House is just crying out for impeachment,” Pelosi added.

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The speaker also repeated her concern that Trump on Wednesday walked away from negotiations aimed at concluding a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan because he could not deal with Democrats on policy until “phony investigations” are brought to a close.

Trump weighed into that debate again early Thursday in a series of tweets.

“The Democrats are getting nothing done in Congress,” Trump wrote.

“It is not possible for them to investigate and legislate at the same time” because Democrats are focused on a “fishing expedition” regarding the Russia report, he added.

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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Maddow slams Trump’s era of government officials ‘saving the country from the commander-in-chief’ with leaks

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Rachel Maddow on Monday worried about the pattern of government officials leaking to the press to stop President Donald Trump from sabotaging United States' interests to help Russia.

The MSNBC anchor broke down the key questions raised by the bombshell New York Times report that officials were keeping secrets from Trump to protect U.S. interests.

Maddow reminded of a June 2017 story by Michael Isikoff.

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140804748423118848

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