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President Donald Trump says Democrats have 'nothing, zero' on him

Trump calls for Democrats and Republicans to set aside partisanship

President Donald Trump lashes out at a CNN reporter during a news conference at the White House, Nov. 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump lashes out at a CNN reporter during a news conference at the White House, Nov. 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump held a post-election news conference Wednesday, at which time he warned House Democrats about spending the remaining years of his presidency investigating him and the administration.

Trump said Democrats and Republicans should set aside partisanship to work together for the American people.

Democrats won back control of the House. Many have threatened to use the subpoena power they will gain in January to investigate Trump and administration actions.

Trump said he's been hearing about investigations since he began running for president and refers to it as "investigation fatigue."

He said he will respond in kind if House Democrats flood his administration with subpoenas and the government will come to a halt.

Trump added that Democrats have "nothing, zero" on him.

In a tweet Wednesday, the president said if House Democrats use their new majority to investigate his administration, the Republican-controlled Senate may investigate Democrats.

With the Democrats in the majority they now have the power to launch investigations and subpoena records, including possibly Trump's tax filings and private business dealings.

Trump said that if the Democrats plan to "waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level," then Republicans "will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level."

He said that "two can play that game!"

It wasn't clear what leaks he was referring to.

Asked about potential investigations, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in a CNN interview Wednesday that "the president is not nervous about anything."

During Wednesday's news conference, the president also said he's happy with "most" of his Cabinet as he suggested changes may be coming.

Trump said he is "looking at different people for different positions," adding that "it is very common after the midterms."

Asked specifically about the future of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Trump said, "I'd rather answer that at a little bit different time."

Trump has long been frustrated with Sessions over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

Rosenstein's future appeared uncertain after reports that he discussed secretly recording Trump.

On Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Trump said he wants to "study whatever is being said." Trump added that he's doing an "excellent job." Zinke faces a series of inquiries into his conduct.

Trump closed out his midterm election rallies with one in Missouri that featured conservative stars, Republican hopefuls, favorite Democratic targets and a little drama.

Joining Trump on stage in the Mississippi River town of Cape Girardeau was native son and radio host Rush Limbaugh plus Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro.

Trump's stump speech was interrupted for several minutes Monday night when a woman in the crowd required medical attention. People sang the hymn "Amazing Grace" as she was taken outside.

Trump's Missouri rally was his third of the day and his 11th in a spate of campaigning during which he accused Democrats of planning to ruin the country if they succeeded in gaining power in Congress after Tuesday's midterm elections.

Democrats did indeed win control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2011, while Republicans keep the Senate.

Ron DeSantis, who narrowly defeated Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the race for Florida governor, thanked Trump Tuesday night for "standing by me when it wasn't necessarily the smart thing to do."
 


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