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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Trump, Dems open drug price talks | FDA warns against infusing young people's blood | Facebook under scrutiny over health data | Harris says Medicare for all isn't socialism Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Steve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday pushed back against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ 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 JeffriesThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Congress hits gas on border deal Trump: 'Shutdown would be a terrible thing' 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 CummingsOvernight Defense: Trump signs Space Force directive | Dems probe Trump officials' dealings with Saudi Arabia | Trump feels 'no rush' in North Korea talks Dems open new front against Trump Overnight Energy: Justices take up major case on water rules | Dems probe administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia | Greens sue EPA over toxic paint strippers 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.