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How Trump Breaks With Clinton And Nixon On Governing While Under Investigation

President Trump is so determined to pressure his antagonists to relent that he suddenly seems ready to renounce the governing obligations of his own office.
President Bill Clinton delivers the State of the Union address in January 1999 as his Senate impeachment trial was underway. Despite impeachment, Clinton was successful in working with Congress on legislation. Source: Win McNamee

The presidency of Donald Trump reached a new and ominous phase this week in its confrontations with opponents within the government.

Beleaguered by investigations on several fronts, the president made a show of breaking off negotiations with Democrats in Congress on an array of legislative issues and vowing he would not relent until they ended the probes.

Eyewitnesses reported that the president stormed into a much-anticipated Wednesday meeting with Democratic leaders from the Hill, denounced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing him of a "cover-up" and declared further cooperation between the branches at an end. Then the reports say the president stormed back out, having not a word from the leaders or from others in the room.

What does it mean to cease cooperation? In truth, there has been precious little cooperation on the particular issues in question. The House has sought an

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