House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces official impeachment inquiry of Trump

Thursday, 26 Sep, 2019

On Tuesday afternoon, Pelosi coyly danced around impeachment questions during a live interview with the Atlantic before all but confirming that she'd be announcing an impeachment inquiry in the House later in the day.

A defiant Trump said he is taking the impeachment threat "not at all seriously" and sought to make the controversy about Biden, accusing the former vice president, without evidence, of engaging in corruption in Ukraine.

Trump was responding to questions about a Washington Post report that he directed Mick Mulvaney, his acting chief of staff, to withhold almost $391 million in military aid to Ukraine days before he had a now-controversial phone call with Ukraine's president.

"Denying Congress the information which it is constitutionally entitled to and obstructing its efforts to investigate actions is not the conduct of an American president".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday would not speculate about how the Senate might handle articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

"We have a president who believes there's no limit to his power".

She slammed Trump's reported actions as having "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". Hunter sat on the board of directors for a Ukrainian oil company and was paid a large some of money to lobby his dad. Biden also called for releasing a copy of the whistleblower's complaint.

An anonymous whistleblower from within the USA government reported that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden's dealings with a Ukrainian natural gas firm known as Burisma Holdings.

Trump has all but dared Democrats to take that step, confident that the specter of impeachment led by the opposition party would bolster his political support.

Mr Trump gave a contradictory message about whether he would release a transcript of the call with the Ukrainian leader. In a separate tweet, he said it was a "very friendly and totally appropriate call" and he applied "no pressure" on the Ukrainian leader. "No one is above the law", Pelosi said at a Washington forum, without confirming her plans on impeachment.

Trump spoke with reporters at the United Nations General Assembly and said he never pressured to withdraw aid if the investigations didn't happen. But he rejected charges that the two were tied; he said the aid freeze was to prod European countries to increase their support for the Ukraine government. She has instead advised her caucus that the House needed to continue with various investigations into the president before considering impeachment.

Some on Twitter even suggested that Trump might release an "edited" transcript of the call instead of the real one.