Trump impeachment: Nancy Pelosi launches formal impeachment inquiry

"Actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution," the House speaker said
07:32, 25 September 2019

The House’s Speaker Nancy Pelosi launches a formal Trump impeachment inquiry

House of Representatives will launch a formal impeachment inquiry in response to the dispute over Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The House’s Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported.

Pelosi’s move came after Trump acknowledged that he urged the Ukrainian president to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination who holds a wide lead over Trump, polls show, in a potential general election matchup. The revelation prompted a rush of moderate House Democrats to call for an impeachment inquiry into Trump, a step they had resisted for months.

“The actions of the Trump presidency have 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 in a brief statement before a backdrop of American flags, repeatedly invoking the nation’s founders. “Therefore, today, I am announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”

Trumps actions have seriously violated the U.S. Constitution.

"Actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution," the House speaker said.

According to the Washington Post, the launch of an impeachment inquiry follows an intense 24-hour period in which 57 Democrats — including moderates from Trump districts who had long opposed impeachment — endorsed proceedings. In total, 196 Democrats support an impeachment inquiry, according to a Washington Post analysis — and the number is continuing to grow.

Congress has launched impeachment proceedings against a president only four times in the nation’s history. Pelosi’s move all but ensures that the House will vote on articles charging Trump with “high crimes and misdemeanors” in a matter of weeks, according to senior Democratic lawmakers and top leadership aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Related: Zelensky, Stoltenberg meet at UNGA sidelines

Earlier we reported that U.S. Department of Defense has reconsidered provision of military assistance for Ukraine, deciding to carry on. Thus, Pentagon will assign 250 million dollars for that matter. The U.S. senators from the Republican and Democratic parties expect that the Congress will adopt the bill on the resumption of the plan on provision of the military aid to Ukraine in the sum of $250 million even if President Donald Trump aims to block it.

Trump told reporters in New York that he did not pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July phone call to launch a corruption investigation into Biden and his son in return for U.S. military aid.

Related: Trump allows publishing of transcript of phone talk with Zelensky on Wednesday


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