Trump, Democrats cross swords over powers as 2020 election looms

Former vice president Joe Biden speaks during a rally with union members in Pittsburgh on Monday

On Thursday, President Donald Trump told Fox News that he didn't want former White House counsel Don McGahn testifying.

Congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump are locked in a constitutional showdown over their powers to investigate him, exchanging threats that present risks for both sides as they head into the 2020 election.

Trump said he allowed McGahn to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller and the White House lawyer subsequently had more than two dozen hours of interviews.

Herridge then asked, "So, is it done?"

The report detailed extensive contacts between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow and the campaign's expectation that it would benefit from Russia's actions, which included hacking and propaganda to boost Trump and harm Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. I've given total transparency.

"Donaldson also described the rampant fear that Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice - something Mueller left open ended in his report and Attorney General William Barr decided against pursuing".

The White House did not immediately provide a comment on Biden's remarks. It's never happened before like this.

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The infrastructure legislation also would need to address climate change, she said. "So, this was a very, very good start and we hope it will go to a constructive conclusion".

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has issued McGahn a subpoena to testify.

The dueling statements marked a sharp escalation in the conflict between the White House and Democrats who control the House of Representatives. They shouldn't be looking anymore.

Only minutes earlier, powerful Republican ally Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted after talks with Trump: "Mr President, Declare a national emergency NOW".

They stressed Barr's readiness to defend his handling of the Mueller report before a Republican-controlled Senate panel on the day before he skipped the House hearing. House Democrats had insisted that committee counsel, rather than members of Congress, question Barr.

"When these leaders reconvene in three weeks, we call on President Trump and Congress to demonstrate the kind of courage that Presidents Reagan and Clinton once did and advance an infrastructure bill with real increases in revenue - the kind of immediate funding that can only come from increasing the fuel tax".

Before this month, a deadline was missed by the Treasury Department into the House Ways and Means Committee to hand over Trump's tax returns.

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