Congress Launches Formal Impeachment Inquiry into Donald Trump

BREAKING NEWS: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The Speaker said, “The president must be held accountable” for his “betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and the betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”

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The speaker effectively endorsed the process, which to some degree has already been underway, after facing fresh pressure from inside the caucus to act publicly. The move could help Democrats’ disputed arguments in court that impeachment proceedings were in fact in progress, which could entitle Congress to obtain additional documents.

Invoking the “darkest days of the American Revolution,” Pelosi called on lawmakers to honor their constitutional oath to protect the country “from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Pelosi specifically charged that the administration had violated the law by not turning over a whistleblower complaint concerning Trump’s July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Citing testimony that the director of national intelligence was blocking the release of that complaint, she said: “This is a violation of law. The law is unequivocal.” [Fox News]

Trump allegedly told Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

In response to the impeachment inquiry, the president said he will release a “complete” transcript of the phone call in question on Wednesday.

Biden has admitted that while he was Vice President he pressured the Ukraine to fire Viktor Shokin, its top prosecutor; at the time, Shokin was investigating the firm Burisma Holdings–the same firm that had Hunter Biden on its board.

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