By now, certainly you have heard the breaking news… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that she supports a formal impeachment inquiry. The announcement, which came following a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus, is the latest action in a growing controversy over a phone call President Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Pelosi said six Democrat-led panels, led by the Judiciary Committee, will continue to investigate the President under the “umbrella of an impeachment inquiry,” even if there is no full House vote just yet.
“Today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry,” Pelosi told reporters on Tuesday. “The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law.”
Her decision will divide the caucus as some members are concerned that waiting to have a formal impeachment vote will benefit Trump. Pelosi may have balked at a vote, which would help investigators get streamlined access to material, because there were not enough votes to reach a simple majority. Pelosi said she is asking committee leaders to send their findings to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who can then submit articles of impeachment to the House floor.
The speaker effectively endorsed the process, which to some degree has already been underway, after facing fresh pressure from inside the caucus to act. 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.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., responded to Pelosi’s statement by noting that Democrats have been pushing to impeach Trump for years, for a variety of reasons. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, called the move by the Democrats a “colossal error,” and even Pelosi’s “comrade in arms,” Rep. Adam Schiff had said before the Speaker made her announcement, that the Senate would never convict Trump, even if the Democratically controlled House impeached him.
Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Schiff said, “Well, I would just say this, there is no chance of us persuading the Senate Republicans in an impeachment trial. They have shown their willingness to carry the president’s baggage, no matter how soiled its contents.”
For his part. the President has gone on a Twitter Tirade against the Democrats since Pelosi made the announcement, starting with a Tweet that simply said “Presidential Harassment!” Continuing with, “Such an important day at the United Nations, so much work and so much success, and the Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage,” Trump wrote. “So bad for our Country!”
And finally adding, “They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt!”
The White House claims it will release that transcript of the controversial July call today.