Democratic leaders met with President Trump at the White House Tuesday to discuss rebuilding America's infrastructure, saying they share the same goal.
In line with yesterday's agreement, the ASCE had recommendeda $2 trillion spending programme, which it said would be enough to close the country's "infrastructure gap". It's clear that both the White House and all of us want to get something done on infrastructure in a big and bold way. However, to the dismay of naysayers and Trump critics, the economy has done well, clocking a 3.2 per cent growth, and unemployment is at 3.8 per cent, giving Trump an advantage.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the stonewalling "certainly builds the case that the administration and the president is engaged in wholesale obstruction of Congress, completely extraconstitutional, trying to make the presidency not responsive to Congress, trying to make the presidency into a monarchy".
Lawmakers claim the fact that Trump has many businesses around the world, coupled with his refusal to sell off those assets, is proof in itself that he has violated the Constitution. First, Trump declared an emergency so he could spend money on a border wall with Mexico.
A year ago, a different iteration of the infrastructure plan was described as a $1.5 trillion proposal.
Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, has said he intends to defy efforts by congressional Democrats to look into his affairs, including possible dealings with Russian Federation, adding that "we're fighting all the subpoenas" issued by the House.
Mueller, throughout his almost two-year investigation into foreign election interference in the 2016 presidential election, found 10 cases of potential obstruction by the president but declined to reach a clear decision on whether Trump had obstructed justice.
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He later bemoaned the lack of support from the Spanish public "in a hard moment in my life" and said "I haven't killed anyone". I've got everything to do it but I want to play games.
Concrete and steel - with some fibreglass thrown in - may be the only things on which the two sides could agree on and come up with something that is not just caustic verbiage.
As Minshall said, Spokane's roads, bridges, railroads, drinking water systems and broadband capacity are in far from ideal shape. And there were no theatrics as at a January meeting when he stomped out when they could not agree on ending the government shutdown.
"It's kind of hard to answer that question without specifics", she said about the region's most urgent infrastructure projects.
Trump's lawyers counter that the clause only applies if Trump directly profits or takes in a gift from a foreign power in exchange for taking a specific action as president.
They may also need an economy-focused issue to appeal to the centrist voters they will need to unseat Trump in the elections. And that is the responsibility of oversight.
"The common denominator, no matter what the subject the Democrats bring up, is a tax increase", House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters before the meeting.
"The Attorney General agreed to appear before Congress", said a spokesperson for the DOJ. And the Ways and Means Committee is pursuing Trump's tax returns.
The lawsuit filed late Monday opens a new front in Trump's battle to stop the Democratic-led House of Representatives from probing the Republican president, his family, his businesses and his administration after special counsel Robert Mueller finished his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 election.