Kamala Harris says Democrats won't end Trump investigations even if he 'holds America's infrastructure hostage'

Kamala Harris says Democrats won't end Trump investigations even if he 'holds America's infrastructure hostage'
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Democrats should not stop investigating President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE over his threats to end work with them on legislation, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisParnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday in an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertYang: I've received about 12 apologies from media networks during campaign Scarborough to GOP: 'What job is worth selling your political soul over?' Bloomberg to appear on 'The Late Show' following next week's Democratic debate MORE."

The presidential candidate said it would be wrong for her party to cave to Trump.

"He's going to hold America's infrastructure hostage ... over the issue of the investigation," Harris said. 

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"The roads are falling apart," she added. "Families are suffering."

Colbert asked Harris why Democrats don't just temporarily "pause" the investigations, adding that Trump will "still be corrupt later."

"We cannot abandon our Democracy for the sake of appeasing somebody who is completely focused on his interests only," Harris responded.

Trump vowed to quit working with Democrats on infrastructure and walked out of a meeting at the White House with congressional leaders after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (D-Calif.) minutes before the meeting accused him of being involved in "a cover-up."

Pelosi was referring to Trump's refusal to provide documents or have witnesses appear at the request of Democrats investigating his administration. 

Harris is among two dozen people vying for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination. 

She has lagged behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE (D-Vt.) in polls, but hopes to begin a climb with a "phase two" of her campaign.