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Rep. Tom Malinowski. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Malinowski hits Trump on infrastructure about-face

President said he won’t work with Democrats unless they stop investigating him

By Nikita Biryukov, May 22 2019 3:43 pm

Rep. Tom Malinowski repudiated President Donald Trump in the wake of the latter’s refusal to work with Democrats on infrastructure while they conduct probes into the president’s conduct.

“Every president has faced investigations and demands from Congress that he felt were unfair. But no president — not Presidents Nixon or Clinton when they faced impeachment nor President Obama when he faced multiple inquiries over controversies like Benghazi — ever suspended cooperation with Congress to work on the needs of the American people,” Malinowski said. “This is not only wrong and irresponsible, but an abdication of the President’s most fundamental constitutional duty, the duty to govern.”

On Wednesday, Trump reportedly stormed out of a meeting with Democrats after a handful of minutes, saying he would not work with Democrats until they stopped investigating him.

The House Judiciary Committee is seeking to investigate Trump on obstruction charges related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The House Ways and Means Committee is seeking to investigate Trump’s finances.

The president has ignored or ordered others to ignore subpoenas issued by both committees.

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday said she believed Trump was engaged in a cover-up.

“We stand ready to work with the President to rebuild America’s infrastructure, and on other issues where we can find common ground. The House can, and I believe will, continue our work to ensure that our Nation’s infrastructure needs, including New Jersey’s Gateway project, are funded,” Malinowski said. “No Congress would surrender its right and obligation to conduct oversight, and to ensure that our laws are upheld, simply because a President goes on strike. This Congress certainly will not do so.”

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