House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that House Democrats believe President Trump is involved in a cover-up. “We do believe that it’s important to follow the facts. We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States,” Pelosi told reporters. “And we believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.” The announcement came after House Democrats held a closed-door meeting to discuss possible impeachment proceedings against the president. Pelosi has previously expressed misgivings about impeaching the president, while other Democrats have said it is the appropriate course of action after the Trump administration has repeatedly disobeyed congressional probes.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded to Donald Trump’s Rose Garden press conference, saying the president had a “temper tantrum” during their reportedly 20-minute infrastructure meeting. “To watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop,” Schumer told reporters minutes after Trump’s meltdown. “We went to the White House to talk to President Trump about infrastructure, but he threw a temper tantrum and walked out of the meeting.”
Trump’s speech bashing Democrats and the Mueller probe came after his closed-door infrastructure meeting with Democratic leaders. Schumer called out Trump’s claim that he won’t work with Democrats until the investigations against him are stopped. “Hello, there were investigations going on three weeks ago when we met. And he still met with us. But now that he was forced to say how he would actually pay for [infrastructure], he had to run away,” he said. “It’s clear this was not a spontaneous move on the president’s part. It was planned,” Schumer added.
A rare thing happened on Capitol Hill early Wednesday morning: an agreement. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), announced the Department of Justice had agreed to his request to hand over some Mueller Report files and he was therefore canceling a Wednesday morning meeting that was intended to take an “enforcement action” against the department. In a statement, Schiff said the move was the “first step towards compliance with our subpoena,” and the the DOJ will begin this week to turn over “12 categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production.” However, Schiff said the committee’s subpoena will remain in place and will be enforced if the DOJ “fails to comply” fully with the document request. He went on: “I look forward to, and expect, continued compliance by the department so we can do our vital oversight work.”
A batch of search warrants that were used to probe Michael Cohen’s email account were unsealed Wednesday morning. The FBI submitted the warrants in the summer of 2017 as part of its investigation into President Trump’s former fixer and personal attorney; a judge ruled Tuesday that the documents could be unsealed after the government made any necessary redactions. Several media outlets had requested the documents be released. Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence in New York for lying to Congress and for making illegal hush-money payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Members of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet were plotting a move to oust her Wednesday, a day before European Parliament elections in which the ruling Conservative Party is expected to suffer a heavy defeat. Patience for the beleaguered May finally snapped for some of the party’s most senior figures after her latest Brexit compromise, which would have allowed Parliament to vote on holding a Brexit referendum do-over. A group of lawmakers—who have become known as the Pizza Club for their behind-closed-door meetings—were furious that May’s pledge went further than they had agreed at cabinet meetings. If cabinet members pull back from pushing May out of the door, she faces another attempt by an internal Conservative Party committee that is threatening to change its rules in order to force her out of the job.
Anyone who’s stumbled across Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter feed will know that he’s an exciting literary talent that was just waiting to be discovered. Now, his time has come. Politico reports the president’s son has signed a book deal and his work is expected to be published later this year. The tome will focus on “politics, current events, and the future of the MAGA movement,” according to Politico’s sources. The deal was signed with Center Street Books after publisher Rolf Zettersten and Center Street negotiated with attorney and Trump’s literary agent, Tom Winters.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the redesign of the $20 bill featuring abolitionist Harriet Tubman will no longer be unveiled in 2020. Mnuchin said the design process has been delayed, and new designs won’t be unveiled until 2028. The unveiling was intended to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. “The primary reason we have looked at redesigning the currency is for counterfeiting issues,” Mnuchin said during a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee. “Based upon this, the $20 bill will now not come out until 2028. The $10 bill and the $50 bill will come out with new features beforehand.”
The Tubman redesign was the result of a 10-month process in which the Treasury Department sought input from the public. “The decision to put Harriet Tubman on the new $20 was driven by thousands of responses we received from Americans young and old,” Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said at the time. Months before he was elected, President Trump called the decision to put Tubman on the currency “pure political correctness,” and proposed putting her on the $2 bill instead.
A new poll finds that the majority of voters surveyed said they think President Trump does not deserve a second term. The survey from the Monmouth University Polling Institute found that 60 percent of respondents said it’s time to have someone new in the White House, and only 37 percent think Trump should be re-elected. Despite the desire to find a replacement for 2020, a majority of voters, 56 percent, still believe Trump should not be impeached. The results show the highest percentage of voters saying they’re eager for change since the polling outfit began asking the question in November. Trump’s approval rating is also at the lowest it has been in the past 12 months, with 40 percent positive and 52 percent negative. His approval rating, however, remains high among Republicans, at 86 percent positive. Trump is expected to officially launch his 2020 re-election campaign in the coming weeks.
A Republican lawmaker in Mississippi has been arrested amid allegations that he punched his wife in the face after flying into a rage because she didn’t undress quickly enough to have sex with him. Republican State Rep. Doug McLeod, 58, was allegedly very drunk when police arrived at his family home Saturday night. “Mr. McLeod had slurred speech and walked slow in a zigzag pattern,” deputies wrote in their report. McLeod’s wife said her husband “just snapped,” adding that it wasn’t the first time it had happened when he had been drinking alcohol. Another woman at the house reportedly locked McLeod’s wife in a room with her after the alleged attack—McLeod then allegedly told them that if they didn’t let him in then he would “kill her [expletive] dog.” Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said on Tuesday said McLeod should resign if proven guilty. “I have attempted to contact Rep. McLeod to request his resignation, if in fact, these allegations are true,” Gunn said in a statement. “These actions are unacceptable for anyone.”