Nancy Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry against Trump

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Nancy Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry against Trump
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Nancy Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry against Trump
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On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The move comes as the Washington Post broke a story involving a whistleblower complaint filed with the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community. According to reports, the complaint involves the content of a conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically,” Pelosi said during her press conference. “Therefore, today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. I’m directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella.”

Some have criticized Pelosi for backing impeachment before reading the actual transcripts of the alleged incident. However, Pelosi has indicated that she will continue to push for impeachment regardless of what was said during the conversation. Numerous political pundits have suggested the conversation involved Trump’s alleged desire to have Ukrainian authorities investigate Joe Biden.

“We have many other, shall we say, candidates for impeachable offenses in terms of the Constitution, but this one is the most understandable by the public,” Pelosi said regarding the recent controversy. “It’s really important to know this, there is no requirement that there be a quid-pro-quo in the conversation.”

Fellow Democrats cheered Pelosi’s decision. Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff and Chair of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler both complimented the move. Although critical of Democrats for not pursuing impeachment sooner, freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also praised the development.

Republicans, on the other hand, condemned Pelosi and their Democratic colleagues. “Nancy Pelosi may be Speaker of the House, but she does not speak for America,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said following the announcement.

More than 170 of the 235 House Democrats have indicated support for President Trump’s impeachment. A simple majority in the US House of Representatives is required to impeach the president, where Democrats outnumber the 198 Republicans. Although, a two-thirds majority would be required in the Republican controlled Senate to convict and remove President Trump.

“I am currently at the United Nations representing our Country, but have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine,” President Trump wrote on Twitter in response. “You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!”

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