House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday launched what she designated a formal impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump – giving in to demands from her party’s leading presidential candidates and an increasingly bellicose caucus that Congress should follow a path that could oust the sitting president.
Pelosi announced in a televised statement that she’d opened an umbrella for numerous congressional investigations into the Republican president who Democrats say is in willful violation of the U.S. Constitution.
‘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 [sic] 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 in a 5 pm announcement.
‘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 investigation under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry. The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law.’
Pelosi’s declaration came after the Ukraine affair prompted a sudden shift among a number of Democrats on an issue that has spit the caucus.
- US, (Daily Mail),
25 September 2019