Pelosi Announces – Democrats To Start Impeachment Inquiry
Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the house, announced today that the Democrats would officially start their impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said. “Therefore, today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”
Trump tweeted as soon as Pelosi finished, saying, “They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt!” R
Just hours earlier, President Trump promised to release an unredacted transcript of the call he had with the Ukrainian president this past July. This is the call that has triggered the newest Democratic push for impeachment.
Trump in reference to the transcript, saying he would make it public and it was “a totally appropriate call.”
“NO quid pro quo!” he said.
These developments came after new questions about the Trump call were raised by a whistle blower saying Trump encouraged the president to investigate ex-Vice President and now Presidential Contender Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
Trump has previously said he was concerned about sending aid to Ukraine due to the corruption he said existed there, gave a new explanation on Tuesday, saying he had ordered a freeze on all aid, this was before the call, because of his unhappiness over how much aid our allies in Europe were giving.
Pelosi said not turning over the complain from the whistle-blower to Congress was a “violation of the law” and said Trump calling on a foreign leader to interfere in a U.S. election was a breach of his constitutional responsibilities.
Adam Shift added in a tweet:
During a live interview at The Atlantic Festival Tuesday afternoon, Pelosi said, “This isn’t about politics. If we have to honor our oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, from all enemies, foreign and domestic, that’s what we have to do.”
“We have to have the facts. That’s why I’ve said, soon as we have the facts, we’re ready. Now we have the facts. We’re ready. For later today. But — but so this isn’t about politics,” she said.
“If these allegations are true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense,” Reps. Gil Cisneros, Jason Crow, Chrissy Houlahan, Mikie Sherrill, Elissa Slotkin, Abigail Spanberger, and Elaine Luria,” wrote collectively. “We do not arrive at this conclusion lightly, and we call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available to us, including the power of “inherent contempt” and impeachment hearings, to address these new allegations, find the truth and protect our national security.”
Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro called the complaint a “matter of grave urgency.”
“As with many of my colleagues, I have been reluctant to call for an impeachment inquiry because it would further divide the country, be perceived as overturning the 2016 election, and go to the United States Senate where Republicans would acquit President Trump regardless of the evidence. But these actions regarding the 2020 election are a turning point,” DeLauro wrote in a statement. “An impeachment inquiry may be the only recourse Congress has if the President is enlisting foreign assistance in the 2020 election. Congress must meet this pivotal moment in our nation’s history with decisive action.”
Republicans had this to say in response:
Texas Republican Rep. Lance Gooden introducing a resolution to remove Nadler from his chairmanship.
“By law, [Nadler] may not launch impeachment proceedings until the full House votes for him to do so,” Gooden asserted. “This attempted coup against a duly-elected,