The Latest: Pelosi says Trump "most afraid" of Schiff

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are "afraid" of the chief impeachment investigator

WASHINGTON -- The Latest on the House impeachment inquiry (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Pelosi said "the GOP has not even tried to deny the facts" of Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats. In a statement, Pelosi added a stiff defense of Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the "the person of whom the President is most afraid."

She issued the statement after majority Democrats blocked a Republican effort to censure Schiff.

Schiff later tweeted that Republicans will be remembered for lacking the courage to confront Trump. So, he said, "they consoled themselves by attacking those who did."

Republicans are criticizing Schiff in part for the secretive way he is conducting the impeachment investigation, which includes some classified material.

7 p.m.

GOP Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona sponsored the resolution, which criticizes the way Schiff is conducting the investigation. Biggs and other Republicans say Schiff misled voters when he recreated a conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a committee hearing last month. Schiff has said his words were meant as a parody.

Republicans also complain that the inquiry is being conducted in secret and that they've been unable to see transcripts of closed-door interviews.

Democrats say Schiff has acted in a fair and bipartisan manner. The House voted 218-185 Monday to postpone the vote.

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4:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump is lashing out at the House impeachment inquiry and also criticizing Republicans for not sticking together.

Trump says while he disagrees with Democrats' policies, he respects them for sticking together, adding: "They don't have Mitt Romney in their midst."

He says: "I think they want to impeach me because it's the only way they're going to win."