Nancy Pelosi Launches Impeachment Inquiry of President Trump

Politico reports that as of now, 174 House Democrats have come out in favor of either impeachment or an inquiry, while 61-most of them from right-leaning districts-have stayed mum.

In an appearance ahead of that meeting, Pelosi sidestepped questions about whether she believed Trump's actions were impeachable, but she said it would be wrong for the president to ask a foreign leader for help investigating Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"We are in a crisis", Clinton said, later adding that the House must begin impeachment proceedings "not happily or with glee" but to safeguard national security.

I ran to make the lives of New Jerseyans better.But I have long said that Congress is a co-equal branch of government and has Constitutional oversight duties as well as duties to legislate for Americans.

"The president of the United States may have used his position to pressure a foreign country into investigating a political opponent, and he sought to use USA taxpayer dollars as leverage to do it", the seven, including Afghanistan and Iraq wars veteran Jason Crow and ex-CIA agent Abigail Spanberger, wrote in the Washington Post.

"We had a ideal phone call", the president said on September 23.

The younger Biden sat on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas-extraction company, from 2014 until early this year.

The complaint reportedly centres on Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, and a possible attempt to coerce Zelensky into digging up damning information about Biden's son's business dealings in Ukraine.

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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.

When a deadline to disclose the whistleblower report to Congress passed and the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, proceeded not to send the report over, the intelligence community inspector general, Michael Atkinson, notified House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of an "urgent concern" that DNI has overruled.

Mr Trump has denied that charge, but acknowledged he blocked the funds, which were later released.

Pelosi made the announcement Tuesday from the speaker's office at the Capitol saying "no one is above the law".

"It's fair to take a breath and say let's just find out the facts and see what happens", Stewart told Fox News. The former vice president also planned to address impeachment.

Mr Biden has dismissed Mr Trump's claim as "baseless and without merit" and says impeachment proceedings should begin unless the U.S. president complies with investigations into his conversation with Ukraine's leader.

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

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