During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump pushed back at Democrats’ oversight investigations of him, saying:
“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.”
— ABC News (@ABC) February 6, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded Wednesday morning, telling reporters after a Democratic Caucus meeting that the president had issued a direct threat.
“That was a threat. The president should not bring threats to the floor of the House…He said he wasn’t going to cooperate unless we didn’t exercise our constitutional responsibility to oversight.”
Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the House Democratic Caucus chairman, concurred with Pelosi.
“We will not be bullied by the president of the United States,” he said. “That said, we are not going to overreach, we’re not going to over-investigate, we’re not going to over-politicize our constitutional responsibility.”
Pelosi’s statement also made waves on social media, with many suggesting that the president made the remarks because he knows House investigative committees will investigate his financial dealings, particularly his tax returns, which he has repeatedly withheld from public view.
“It was a threat; it was an all-out threat.” @SpeakerPelosi says the House will not be intimidated by Trump's demand that Democrats drop their investigations. First stop, his tax returns. @NPFandos. https://t.co/TtG6ysXLdp
— (((JonathanWeisman))) (@jonathanweisman) February 6, 2019
#Pelosi says she views #Trump's warning about investigations as a '#threat' https://t.co/qgmenZ94DN
Lets keep it #REAL, @realDonaldTrump statement was #EXTORTION nothing less, he thinks he's #Mafia. #SpeakerPelosi #RepAOC #SenSchumer #RepAdamSchiff #tedlieu #RepRashida
— STAR (@PwrChip) February 6, 2019
.@SpeakerPelosi is taking names and giving no ground on Trump's threat to cut House investigations.
Pelosi: "It was a threat, it was an all-out threat. It's our congressional responsibility, and if we didn’t do it, we would be delinquent in that." https://t.co/H8LxdnDmv9 …
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) February 6, 2019
So adore @SpeakerPelosi and @HouseDemocrats for not cowing to threat from childish, wannabe authoritarian – House Expands Russia Inquiry as Pelosi Declares Democrats Will Not Be Cowed https://t.co/sG7C7xu15m
— Lori Dorn (@HRLori) February 6, 2019
Representative Elijah Cummings (D-NY), who chairs the House Oversight Committee, also scoffed at the president’s statements.
“Of course, the Constitution requires us to do both. That is exactly how it works,” Cummings said in a statement last night.