Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Democrat introducing impeachment measure against Trump on first day of new Congress

Democrat introducing impeachment measure against Trump on first day of new Congress

A White House official, one of two people who described that exchange only on condition of anonymity, said the president had been trying to explain that it would be foolish not to pay for border security. Democrats oppose the wall and Mr Trump's funding demand. Democrats rejected the demand and parts of the federal government have been shut since December 22 because of lack of funding as a result.

As a new Democratic majority prepared Thursday to take power in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the presumptive speaker of the house, spoke ambivalently about possible impeachment proceedings or an indictment of President Donald Trump.

Republicans lost 40 seats and their majority in the House in the November midterm elections but they retained control of the Senate by a slim margin.

The partial US government shutdown is in its 13th day, with no end in sight after President Donald Trump and congressional leaders failed to reach agreement on how to reopen shuttered agencies.

The White House dismissed the Democrats' proposal.

One of the border officers said they have "skin in the game", and the group assembled with Trump have "nothing to do with" politics.

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Trump remains committed to "an agreement that both reopens the government and keeps Americans safe", she said.

McConnell has said Senate Republicans will not approve a spending measure that Trump does not support. "We're talking about national security", he added.

"Trump said on Twitter". Trump had said Mexico would pay for the wall but Mexico has refused.

Appearing on NBC's "Today" show on Thursday, Pelosi said Department of Justice guidelines that a sitting president could not be indicted were "not conclusive".

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) holds his daughter Kathryn as the U.S. House of Representatives meets for the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 3, 2019.

What has the president said?

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One hundred House freshmen took the oath of office, including trailblazers like New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

The latter bill would allocate $1.3bn for border security measures, such as increased surveillance and fencing, but deny Trump's demand for $5.6bn to build 200 miles of fencing along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE welcomed the face-to-face meeting between Trump and Democratic leaders and told CNN he hoped it would lead to a end to what he called a "senseless" shutdown. Pelosi quelled a rebellion by some Democrats seeking new leadership by making a series of policy promises, committee appointments and a pledge to limit herself to no more than two terms in leadership.

When asked by a reporter if he would accept less than $5 billion, Trump said: "I'd rather not say it".

First on her agenda will be ending the partial government shutdown, now in its 13th day.

At another point Wednesday, Trump told Pelosi that, as a "good Catholic" she should support the wall because Vatican City has a wall, according to a congressional aide.

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