Trump says Congress 'can't impeach' him

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Trump's remarks come as the struggle over investigations between Democrats in the House of Representatives and the Trump administration has intensified, as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing Trump's tax returns. But she said it shouldn't happen until Congress hears testimony from Mueller and accumulates more proof of Trump's misdeeds. He said not only are there no "High Crimes and Misdemeanors", one of the bases for impeachment outlined in the Constitution, "there are no Crimes by me at all".

"Mueller, I assume, for $35 million, checked my taxes, checked my financials, which are great by the way, but they checked my taxes and they checked my finances I assume", Trump said.

Polls suggest that significantly more Democratic voters favour impeachment than oppose it, but the idea is unpopular with independent as well as Republican voters.

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With their collusion hopes firmly dashed by Thursday's release of the redacted 448-page report, Trump's opponents have seized on language that they believe details 10 incidences in which the president obstructed justice - though the report itself did not reach a conclusion on the president's guilt.

President Donald Trump said Monday that he was not anxious at all about impeachment, less than a week after a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report was made public and as talk of trying to remove him from office has been increasing among Democrats in Congress. He said Democrats are not ready to move forward on impeachment just yet.

Mr Mueller's report said that the 22-month investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russians during the 2016 election campaign, but it did find "multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations".

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Mueller's report concluded that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election "in sweeping and systematic fashion".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the Democrats said on Tuesday the results of the so-called Mueller report, the investigations carried out by congressional committees and the White House's responses to these, had produced a pivotal "moment in our history".

Underscoring the alternative avenues, the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee announced Monday afternoon it had issued a subpoena to compel Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel, to appear at a public hearing in late May.

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When Trump was asked in August if he had considered dismissing Mueller, he told reporters he hadn't "given it any thought".

The interference included both a social media campaign that favored Trump and disparaged Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the hacking of computers maintained by allies of Clinton and the subsequent releases of stolen documents. He has gone as far as saying repeatedly that the probe was a political hit job amounting to "treason" and "spying". "I was so transparent; they testified for so many hours. And if you read that part of the report, it could not be clearer".

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