Pelosi says she views Trump's warning about investigations as a 'threat'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday pushed back against President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE's declaration in his State of the Union address that "if there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation."

"That was a threat," Pelosi told reporters after a Democratic Caucus meeting. "The president should not bring threats to the floor of the House."

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Pelosi expressed disbelief that Trump would openly try to discourage Democrats from pursuing oversight investigations.

“He said he wasn’t going to cooperate unless we didn’t exercise our constitutional responsibility to oversight," Pelosi said.

Trump in his State of the Union address Tuesday night said that "an economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations."

Other Democrats scoffed at Trump's suggestion.

"We will not be bullied by the president of the United States," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesMcCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP Pelosi: Democrats can't allow 'indecent' Boebert comments to stand With Build Back Better, Dems aim to correct messaging missteps MORE (D-N.Y.).

"That said, we are not going to overreach, we're not going to over-investigate, we're not going to over-politicize our constitutional responsibility," Jeffries said on Wednesday.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik suing Candace Owens for defamation Former Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Md.), who's expected to preside over many of the investigations into the Trump administration, also dismissed Trump's notion that oversight would impede cooperation on legislation.

"Of course, the Constitution requires us to do both. That is exactly how it works," Cummings said in a statement Tuesday night.

The House Ways and Means Committee's oversight subcommittee is slated to hold a hearing on Thursday about legislative proposals to require presidents, vice presidents and major-party nominees to release 10 years of tax returns. Democrats have long been pushing to use the Ways and Means Committee's power to request Trump's tax returns from the Treasury Department.

Trump broke with decades of precedent by not releasing his returns during the 2016 presidential campaign.