Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at her weekly news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Pelosi says the U.S. must avoid war with Iran, and she says the White House has "no business" moving toward a Middle East confrontation without approval from Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Step by step: Democrats play the long game against Trump

May 17, 2019 - 5:52 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — First came the sternly worded letters. Then the subpoenas. Now the votes to hold Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress.

As House Democrats plod ahead investigating President Donald Trump against unprecedented stonewalling, they're pursuing a long-game strategy. It's playing out in the committee rooms, the courthouse and the court of public opinion. And it's taking time.

Some Democrats say the blockade by the administration is leaving them almost no choice but to open an impeachment inquiry — not necessarily to impeach Trump, but as part of a legal strategy to force the administration to comply with their requests for documents and testimony.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ratcheting up the pressure, but appears in no rush to get there.

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