Democrats' goal in Trump probe: proving obstruction, collusion

Markets have rallied after Donald Trump hailed progress in the China-US trade talks and delayed a March 1 deadline for ramping up tariffs on imports. AFP  MANDEL NGAN

"Now we're waiting on a report and we'll find out whether or not and who we're dealing with", Trump said.

It was the latest sign that investigations sparked by accusations that Trump's campaign team cooperated with Russian election meddling has mushroomed into a relentless examination of Trump's political, personal and business life.

A new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals that a lawyer for Michael Cohen spoke with President Donald Trump's lawyers after the raid on Cohen's office previous year regarding the possibility of a pardon.

In a mostly unscripted two-hour speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday - one of the most demagogic and inflammatory appearances of his presidency, Trump lacerated Mueller and his investigation.

Pointing to the crowd in front of him, Trump joked that the people who had made it onto the convention center floor were "just better at real estate" than the others, a joke that drew loud cheers. "And as you know the [former] attorney general [Jeff Sessions] said, 'I am going to recuse myself.' And I said, 'Why the hell didn't he tell me that before I put him in?'"

Mr Nadler isn't calling the inquiry an impeachment investigation but said House Democrats, now in the majority, are simply doing "our job to protect the rule of law" after Republicans during the first two years of Trump's term were "shielding the president from any proper accountability".

President Donald Trump prepared Saturday to address a conference of right-wing activists, capping a turbulent week that included a failed summit with North Korea and explosive testimony by his former lawyer branding him a criminal.

The White House has rejected Cohen's allegations.

Schlapp also praised the Trump administration's accomplishments to date, saying that it's all been possible because Trump has not acted like a typical politician.

Meanwhile in Vietnam, a high-stakes second summit between Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un broke up in disarray Thursday, without even a joint statement after the pair failed to reach an agreement on walking back Pyongyang's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

He added that the relationship with the DPRK seemed to be "very, very strong". In the other way, I love Mr. and Mrs. Warmbier and I love Otto.

"I think Congressman Nadler chose to impeach the President the day the President won the election", McCarthy told Jake Tapper Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union". Williams was passing out flyers at the University of California-Berkeley campus last month when he was set upon by an enraged passerby. That sort of behavior is intolerable and has no place here.

Trump ridiculed a Democratic "green new deal" plan to fight climate change, pointing to provisions such as reducing airplane flights or eating less beef.

The committee is working with Schiff, who along with Waters has said he wants to investigate whether Russians used laundered money for transactions with the Trump Organization.

Michael Cohen's testimony on Capitol Hill last week is still irking President Donald Trump.

"I encourage it", he said jokingly.

But as Rubin pointed out, exposing Trump's duplicity and the GOP's complicity could be a major advantage for Democrats' congressional investigations.

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