Trump raises 'The "I-word"' amid impeachment talk from Dems

Trump raises 'The "I-word"' amid impeachment talk from Dems
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE on Wednesday blasted House Democrats for holding a caucus meeting to discuss "the 'I-word'" — impeachment — calling allegations he conspired with Russia "the greatest hoax in history."

In impromptu remarks in the Rose Garden, Trump said he scrapped infrastructure talks with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGiuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees Overnight Health Care: Top health official defends contract payments to Trump allies | Vaping advocates confident Trump will turn from flavor ban | Sanders gets endorsement from nurses union MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDivided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA Ilhan Omar blasts Pete King as an 'Islamophobe' after he announces retirement: 'Good riddance' Top Senate Dem: Officials timed immigration policy around 2020 election MORE (D-N.Y.) after hearing that Pelosi accused him of being "engaged in a cover-up."

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“This meeting was set up a number of days ago,” Trump said of talks with Democrats. "All of a sudden I hear last night they’re going to have a meeting right before this meeting to talk about the 'I-word.' The 'I-word.' Can you imagine?"

Democratic leadership has been under renewed pressure from House members to move forward on impeachment amid frustrations that the Trump administration is stonewalling Democratic investigations. 

The president defended himself against allegations that he conspired with Russia, calling it "the greatest hoax in history."

"When I went to Wisconsin, and Michigan and Pennsylvania, I don’t say, 'oh let’s call Russia,'" Trump said.

House Democrats gathered Wednesday morning to discuss their oversight strategy as an increasing number of party members have voiced support for starting impeachment proceedings against Trump. Many have cited the findings of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's investigation, as well as the White House stonewalling Democratic requests for documents and testimony as part of ongoing House probes, as reasons for their calls.

Mueller’s investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government, and neither exonerated the president on obstruction of justice nor charged him with that crime.

Pelosi continued to urge caution about rushing toward an impeachment proceeding, but told reporters afterward that she believes Trump "is engaged in a cover-up."

"We do believe that it is important to follow the facts, we believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States, and we believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up," Pelosi said.