United states House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has officially announced an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump following reports that Trump pressed Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son.
The speaker made the announcement publicly after informing her caucus privately of her decision that she’d opened an umbrella for numerous congressional investigations into Donald Trump who Democrats say is in willful violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Pelosi told reporters after meeting with the Democratic caucus Tuesday afternoon “today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry,”
She added, “this week the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his Oath of Office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our national elections.
She said, i will direct six House committees to investigate Trump “under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry,” adding, “The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law.”
She insisted that Democrats are fulfilling their constitutional mandate to serve as a check on the presidency.
‘This is about the Constitution of the United States,’ she argued. ‘It’s really important to know this: there is no requirement that there be a quid pro quo in the conversation. If the president brings up, he wants them to investigate something – like his political opponent – that is self-evident that it is not right.’
Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland said, Pelosi ‘wanted to assemble the troops to say that we have a common goal that we are moving to quickly which is to discover exactly what happened with the president’s overtures to Ukraine and if necessary to impeach the president for what he’s done,’ .
Trump’s phone call with Zelensky is at the center of an explosive and unprecedented whistleblower complaint that a US intelligence official filed against the president in August.
President Trump on Sunday confirmed he discussed investigating the Bidens during the conversation with Zelensky. But he rejected the notion he dangled military aid over Ukraine to spur Zelensky’s government to investigate Biden.
Trump said on Monday. “If you don’t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt? It’s very important that on occasion, you speak to somebody about corruption.”
President Trump is currently in New York attending the United Nations. He returned to his penthouse in Trump Tower just in time to see Pelosi’s announcement that Democrats are seeking to keep him out of the White House permanently.
He immediately fired back on Twitter, saying, ‘Such an important day at the United Nations, so much work and so much success, and the Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage. So bad for our Country!. Pelosi, Nadler, Schiff and, of course, Maxine Waters! Can you believe this?’ ‘They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt!’
‘I think it’s ridiculous. It’s a witch hunt. I’m leading in the polls. They have no idea how they stop me. The only way they can try is through impeachment,’ Trump vented.
‘This has never happened to a president before. There’s never been a thing like this before. It’s nonsense,’ Trump said.
One Democratic lawmaker who supports impeachment said, that pressure had been building on Pelosi for some time, ‘But when the president went this extra step and obstructed a whistle-blower, it was a bridge too far.’
‘I think she believes she has a duty to uphold the Constitution. And that the president overstepped by asking a foreign government to interfere in our elections,’ the lawmaker said.
The House will vote Wednesday on a resolution disapproving of the administration’s decision to block the whistleblower complaint.
Amid efforts to unmask the whistle-blower, President Trump tweeted that he will release a ‘complete’ transcript Wednesday of his June call with the president of Ukraine.
The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee also invited the whistleblower to appear.
Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Tuesday: ‘President Trump’s actions are a threat to our democracy. His continued disregard for our Constitution and the democratic norms that guide our nation have caused irreparable harm to our country, our standing in the world, and to the Office of the Presidency.’