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    Pelosi says Trump’s criticisms strengthen her politically

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said most House Democrats don’t favor impeachment proceedings against the president.
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said most House Democrats don’t favor impeachment proceedings against the president. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from California, said Tuesday that attacks by President Trump — including his description of her last week as ‘‘a nasty, vindictive, horrible person’’ — have only bolstered her political standing.

    ‘‘My stock goes up every time he attacks me,’’ Pelosi said during an appearance at a conference on the nation’s fiscal policy.

    Her remarks were her first public comments about a broadside by Trump in a television interview conducted Thursday at the site of a solemn ceremony in France commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

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    Trump was responding to reports that Pelosi had told colleagues in a closed-door meeting that she would rather see him in prison after being voted out of office than impeached.

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    During a moderated discussion at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2019 Fiscal Summit, Pelosi declined to confirm she had voiced that sentiment, saying: ‘‘When we have conversations in our caucus, they stay in our caucus.’’

    Pelosi also said that ‘‘not even close’’ to a majority of House Democrats currently favor launching impeachment proceedings against Trump and declined to answer a question about whether she would allow an inquiry to proceed if most Democrats favored one.

    ‘‘Why are we speculating on hypotheticals?’’ Pelosi asked Manu Raju, who posed questions.

    Roughly 60 of the 235 Democrats in the House have publicly said they favor launching an impeachment inquiry against Trump. Most have pointed to episodes of possible obstruction of justice detailed in the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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    Pelosi continued to advocate for a more deliberate approach in her conversation with Raju, saying congressional investigations should continue and that she was not convinced more information could be obtained about Trump’s actions by formally opening impeachment proceedings, as some lawmakers have argued.

    ‘‘My obligation is to do whatever we do in the most effective way possible,’’ said Pelosi, who declined to answer a question about whether she thinks Trump committed crimes.

    Pelosi voiced frustration with how many of Raju’s questions focused on Trump, saying at one point: ‘‘I’m done with him. I don’t even want to talk about him.’’

    Pelosi was dismissive of Trump’s recent threat to impose tariffs on Mexico to secure concessions related to migrant crossings at the US southern border.

    ‘‘They were designed to take your attention away from the Mueller report,’’ said Pelosi, who called Trump the ‘‘diverter-of-attention-in-chief.’’

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    President’s son to appear again before Senate panel

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    Donald Trump Jr. will return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a second closed-door interview with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to people familiar with the plans, as part of a deal he struck with leaders last month after the panel issued a subpoena for his testimony.

    Under the terms of that deal, the president’s oldest son is expected to spend about four hours with the committee answering a limited number of questions, according to people familiar with the terms — including queries about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer promising incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.

    Trump Jr.’s participation in that meeting has made him a focus of several probes, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Congressional Democrats also believe that Trump Jr. may have lied to them during previous testimony about the meeting, and whether he told his father about it — suspicions that were heightened after the publication of Mueller’s report.

    Mueller’s report documented former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s recollection of a phone call between the then-candidate and his son, in which Trump Jr. told his father about a meeting to collect ‘‘adverse information’’ on Clinton. Cohen is serving a three-year jail term for lying to Congress and financial crimes.

    Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, Republican from North Carolina, has expressed a reticence to explore perjury charges for Trump Jr., reasoning that if Mueller had access to the transcript of the committee’s first interview with Trump Jr., he likely would have indicted him if there was reason to do so.

    But the threat of such exposure complicated Burr’s efforts to bring in Trump Jr. for additional testimony. After it was revealed last month that the committee had subpoenaed his testimony, several of Trump’s congressional Republican allies took the unprecedented step of openly urging Trump Jr. to either flout the committee’s summons, or invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, and refuse to answer the panel’s questions.

    In the end, the deal Trump Jr. struck with the panel requires him to field questions on six broad topics, reduced from a list of 10. In addition to the Trump Tower meeting, the president’s son is expected to tell senators what he knew about the president’s plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, and how long into Trump’s campaign those efforts continued.

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    Group seeks permit to float ‘Baby Trump’ on July Fourth

    When President Trump ascends the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to address the nation on Independence Day, a group of activists want him to see the scowling, splotchy face of a giant orange baby floating above the crowd.

    The blimp known as ‘‘Baby Trump,’’ which has appeared at protests during the president’s visits to London, might be on its way to Washington for the July 4 festivities.

    On Monday, activist group Code Pink became the first organization to request a protest permit from the National Park Service ahead of Trump’s planned overhaul of the city’s premier Fourth of July celebration.

    But organizers hope the screaming-baby balloon will be a sign of what’s to come that day: protests, and more of them.

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