No one ruled out last-minute problems, especially with Trump's penchant for head-snapping turnabouts. Even so, participants said a handshake could come any day on a spending package for physical barriers along the Southwest border and other security measures that would end a confrontation that has dominated the opening weeks of divided government.
Trump told reporters Thursday at the White House after being briefed on the progress of the talks by Republican Alabama Sen. "I don't think we should let a tradition handle it".
Democrats say they want to see Trump's returns to be sure he's complying with tax laws, to examine his financial connections overseas, and find out to whom he owes money.
As it stands, a caravan of some 1,600 Central American migrants is surrounded by Mexican authorities in an unused factory a short distance from the Texas border, where they hope to seek asylum.
Congress must pass a final spending package by February 15 to avoid another partial government shutdown when a stopgap funding measure runs dry.
Trump warned Congress in his State of the Union address to halt the various investigations into his business and political dealings, and Republicans have said they will call any request for the president's tax returns a political witch hunt. But ending the border security fight would close one chapter that's bruised him, including his surrender after a 35-day partial federal shutdown that he started by unsuccessfully demanding taxpayer money to build the border wall.
Although Trump warned Congress in his State of the Union on Tuesday that "there can not be war and investigation" if lawmakers want 'peace and legislation, ' House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff declared Wednesday that Democrats are not intimidated.
Cohen, who was a senior executive in the Trump Organization, was to be the committee's first witness Friday in a closed session, before he begins a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion and other crimes he said were undertaken at Trump's bidding.
Congress appears to be near a deal on border security and government funding, but it's unclear if the President will be on board.. We have to have it, it's not an option.
About 60 percent of voters in an ABC News/Washington Post poll last month said that House Democrats should obtain and release the tax returns. The person would talk only on condition of anonymity to describe private talks.
Even if lawmakers reach a bipartisan deal, the biggest question mark is Trump, who has continued to demand money for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, a proposal rejected by Democrats.
She said she thinks negotiations over a border barrier are "down to how much and where". "Like in anything else, it's a trade-off", she said.
"But I'm concerned that the IRS may not have the ability to accurately and fairly carry this out, free from political pressure", Democratic Representative Suzan DelBene said.
She said that the current administration is failing the nation's future by not investing in education and gun control, saying the White House has responded "timidly" to theses issues. Members of Congress? Federal employees? Democratic Reps. Henry Cuellar, Peter Welch and John Yarmuth also plan to attend the meeting, according to their aides.
"This is about more than a barrier", Graham said. "And the president, I think, has embraced the idea that there may actually be something better than a concrete wall would have been anyway".
"An economic miracle is taking place in the United States - and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations", Trump said as Republicans cheered and Democrats sat stone-faced.
Lawmakers have grown accustomed to expecting the unexpected from Trump. But Trump rejected the deal, which did not include any money for a wall, starting a shutdown that lasted 35 days and was the longest in USA history.
"I have asked the administration to be as noninterventionist as I am on that", Pelosi told reporters Thursday morning.